Dana-Lee Smirin is facing the possibility of losing her single-family rental home in the Dolores Park neighbor after her landlord doubled her rent from $3,100 to $6,000. The timing couldn’t have been worse for Smirin, who is battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Smirin’s landlord, Rev. Keenan Kelsey of the Noe Valley Ministry, told the Chronicle that she is trying to sell the home.
“I am not evicting Dana. I need to sell the house, which costs me money and has ever since she’s lived there. In order to facilitate a conversation, I invoked my legal right to raise the rent. We are trying to negotiate a fair settlement for both of us.”
Tenant activists say that as home prices and rents rise across the city, landlords are increasingly exploring loopholes to evict tenants, according to reporter Carolyn Said.