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A San Francisco woman appears to have made history as the first person to successfully fend off an Ellis Act eviction through a jury trial.
On Thursday, a jury found that Betty Rose Allen would not have to vacate her Noe Valley apartment, where she’s lived for nearly 40 years, after a lengthy and acrimonious legal battle with the building’s owners.
The family that owns Allen’s three-unit building sued in San Francisco Superior Court to have her removed from it in June, just over a year after serving her and her mother, Beatriz Allen, with an Ellis Act eviction notice. Ellis Act evictions, which allow landlords to boot out tenants when they no longer wish to rent out a property, give elderly or disabled tenants a year to find new housing. Beatriz Allen died in April.
Mark Chernev, an attorney for the Hilaly family, which bought Allen’s building in 2014, said the family’s intent from the beginning was to live under the same roof and that it hoped to find an amicable solution for relocating the Allens.