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    Protest erupts outside landlord’s business after serving disabled senior and roommate eviction notice under Ellis Act


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Photojournalism student santiago415 documented more than a hundred people gathered at Mission District in San Francisco, California, protesting against eviction noticed that were served to some residents at an apartment complex. He says it is becoming a bit of the norm to see people protesting and supporting tenants fighting Ellis Act evictions. The Ellis Act is a state law in California which gives landlords the right to evict tenants in order to go out of business. 'On one side there are people who have been living their whole life in San Francisco and are now forced to move out and face incredibly higher rent prices due to the city undergoing gentrification,' he explained. 'On the other side you have a business owner following market trends and just trying to make the best decision for themselves.'
    - 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.”

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