- Posted December 28, 2013 by
san francisco, California
Protest erupts outside landlord’s business after serving disabled senior and roommate eviction notice under Ellis Act
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
By Santiago Mejia
SAN FRANCISCO - More than 100 demonstrators gathered on Wednesday outside landlord Kaushik Dattani’s business to protest his decision on evicting tenants Patricia Kerman and Tom Rapp from their home. Kerman and Rapp face the Ellis Act; a state law in which the landlord has the right to withdraw an owned building from the rental market by removing all of its tenants.
“It’s unacceptable for a senior disabled person to be dispossessed from her home,” says Eviction Free San Francisco organizer Erin McElroy, who is referring to Kerman. Kerman and Rapp have been roommates for 15 years.
A few demonstrators walked in the Dattani and Co. business on Bartlett and 22nd Streets to deliver a letter asking Dattani to drop the eviction but were met by men with baseball bats, the demonstrators quickly left the building. Officers were called in and spoke to Our Mission No Eviction organizer Roberto Hernandez about the incident. No arrests were made.
“We’re sending a message to all landlords saying you know what, we’re going to come after each and every one of you, and were going to shame you, and we’re going to tell your neighbors and everyone that knows you. How can you evict a senior who’s disabled,” said Hernandez.
The demonstration ended late afternoon but McElroy says that “this is just the beginning, were going to be protesting the Dattani company in an ongoing campaign so that Tom and Patricia can stay in their homes, they deserve to stay in their homes.”