Mayor Ed Lee Intervenes In Elderly Family's Eviction

Rare mayoral interdiction staves off eviction.

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 12:44 PM PDT
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Housing Activists Rally Behind SF Elderly Couple on Brink of Eviction

The Lees will stay in their home for another 10 days -- thanks to Mayor Ed Lee.

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Housing Activists Rally Behind SF Elderly Couple on Brink of Eviction

An elderly couple is on the brink of being forced out of a place they have called home for 34 years under an obscure state law called the Ellis Act, and tenant advocate groups rallied on Wednesday to show their disappointment. "Even though this place is old, I have a lot of memories here," Gum Gee Lee told NBC Bay Area through a translator. "It's my last day in this house and I don't know where to go." Christie Smith reports.
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The Lees may stay -- Lee has spoken.

San Francisco mayor Ed Lee has taken the unprecendented step of intervening in the eviction struggle between a landlord and an elderly, Cantonese-speaking family, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Gum Gee Lee, 73, and her husband and daughter were supposed to be removed from their home of over 30 years on Jackson Street in San Francisco on Monday, the newspaper reported.

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They were given a year's notice to leave a year ago by the building's owner, who bought the eight-unit building for $1.2 million, the newspaper reported.

The family was evicted under the Ellis Act, a not-widely used but very controversial method of removing rent-controlled tenants from homes, which can then be rented at market rate, the newspaper reported.

On Monday, the family learned that eviction had been delayed for 10 days, the newspaper reported -- thanks to the intercession of Mayor Ed Lee.

The Lee family -- no relation -- was offered but $20,000 in relocation money, but are having difficulty finding a replacement for their $778 a month home, the newspaper reported.
 

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