For nearly half of her life, a 98-year-old longtime tenant lived in her San Francisco apartment. No more – the elderly woman faces eviction after the landlord is looking to sell the property to take advantage of San Fran’s real estate upturn. Critics say what the landlord is doing is unconscionable, backers say this is simply your conventional capitalist uptick.
For 98-year-old Mary Phillips, she just wants to stay put – much like Carl Fredricksen from “Up” – except she can’t simply tie a gaggle of balloons like geese to her apartment complex and float it to Paradise Falls.
“I’ve been very happy here,” Phillips said. “I’ve always paid my rent, I’ve never been late.”
Reports the Huffington Post: “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.”
Urban Green is not responding to requests from the media, leaving their back very much exposed to the barbs being lobbed by social media. No matter – we’re just doing to them in kind. That is, giving them a verbal boot. At least it’s not a literal kick to the curb.
Phillips, God bless her, is hunkering down for a fight.
“I didn’t sit down and cry, I just refused to believe it. They’re going to have to take me out of here feet first,” the Dolores Street apartment tenant said. “Just because of your age, don’t let people push you around.
Activists have taken the step to post the landlord’s contact information and are lobbying to support Phillips. Examiner also reached out to Urban Green today, and, like the others, we got nada.
“Feel free to let Urban Green CEO David McCloskey, who's evicting her, know what you think, ask him how he sleeps at night and if he'd put his grandmother on the streets,” a message on the Vanishings Facebook page reads, along with contact information: David@urbangreeninv.com and the phone number (415) 651-4441.
The San Francisco Tenants Union has been notified and they are fighting for Phillips.