About 30 protesters gathered at 5 p.m. Wednesday on 22nd and Bartlett outside the office of “serial evictor” landlord Kaushik Dattani. The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project lists Dattani as one of the “Dirty Dozen” landlords known for flipping properties for profit.
The march happened on what would have been Patricia Kerman’s eviction day.
Kerman is one of the tenants who has been fighting eviction since she received notice last August at the Dattani-owned building at 20th and Folsom streets.
Kerman, a senior with disabilities has lived at the rent-controlled apartment for the last 27 years. Her roommate, Thom Rapp has lived there for the past 15 years. Along with the other tenants, they were given a notice of eviction in August of 2013 and, as required by the Ellis Act for seniors and those with disabilities, they had one year to leave.
Their time would have been up on Wednesday, however a pending legal case has delayed their eviction. Kerman and Rapp are the only tenants remaining in the nine-unit building. The rest took buyouts.
Dattani, Rapp said, has not taken the legal step that the pending legal case requires.
“We haven’t been served with an unlawful detainer; we are expecting it to come either today or tomorrow. We hope that he [Datanni] decides not to do it,” Rapp said.
Mr. Dattani declined to answer questions regarding the matter.