98-Year-Old Evicted - This story about a 98-year-old San Francisco woman is very sad as she is to be evicted. She is being forced to leave her home of 50 years because the owners want to sell the apartment building. Critics say it has everything to do with the city’s booming real estate market.
After hearing the news about this 98-year-old woman being evicted, protesters gathered Wednesday at the offices of the building’s owners, Urban Green Investments, in support of Phillips. They’re calling for an end to the rising number of evictions under the Ellis Act, which allows landlords to evict tenants, temporarily shut down a rental property and then sell it at a profit, Business Insider reported.
“I’ve been very happy here,” Mary Phillips told news.kron4.com. “I’ve always paid my rent, I’ve never been late.” Urban Green did not respond to a request for comments from local media either this week or last year, when the evictions also made headlines.
The 98-year-old Phillips says she’s not leaving without a fight, making it harder for her to be evicted by the owners. “They’re going to have to take me out of here feet first,” she told KRON. “Just because of your age, don’t let people push you around. Activist are asking people to contact Urban Green to express support for Phillips and others like her.
“Join us on July 15 to stop the eviction of 98-year-old Mary Phillips and her caretaker, SF school teacher Sarah Brant,” Vanishing SF wrote in a separate post. “And call Urban Green’s parent company Cornerstone Holding TODAY to tell them to rescind the evictions of Sarah Brant and Mary Phillips at 55 Dolores.”
Phillips said that she doesn’t know how long Urban Green will allow her to stay in her home but added that she does not have anywhere else to go at the moment. She may have a legal out, though. The San Francisco Tenants Union told the television station that residents who challenge the Ellis Act “win surprisingly often.”