A 98-year-old San Francisco woman who was recently evicted from the home she's occupied for 50 years vowed this week to fight the landlord who's trying to sell the building.
Mary Phillips is pushing back against landlord Urban Green Investments, which is using a 1986 state law to evict tenants in order to sell off the rental property, KRON4.com reported
"I've been very happy here," Phillips told the local station. "I've always paid my rent, I've never been late . . . They’re going to have to take me out of here feet first."
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Urban Green similarly cited the Ellis Act when it evicted residents from 104 units in 2012. An estimated 200 people have been booted so far this year, according to the Daily Mail
But Phillips insists she's not budging.
"I didn't sit down and cry, I just refused to believe it," she said. "Just because of your age, don’t let people push you around."
Vanishing SF posted Phillips' plight on its Facebook page Thursday, where it has been shared more than 600 times, in hopes of gathering together protestors.
"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 told KRON-TV 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."
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