The tenants of the 10-unit building at 23rd and Florida celebrated Saturday with a barbecue and press conference something many have said it impossible – they managed to get their Ellis Act evictions rescinded.
For once, one person attending the barbecue said, she was going to a celebration, not a protest.
The tenants – with the help of the Tenderloin Housing Coalition and others – were able to first approach the owner to work out a purchase of the building. Although that looked promising earlier this year, the owner ended up selling the building to another investor. The new owner has rescinded the eviction notices and says he has no plans to sell the building. If he decides to, the tenants want the first option to buy.