Tenants at 812 Guerrero, who have been fighting their evictions by Google employee Jack Halprin for more than a year now, learned yesterday that their landlord would appeal the decision to quash their evictions. That decision was handed down in the cases of three units in the building last week; the fourth unit’s tenant is fighting her eviction separately and was unavailable for comment.
Tenants said earlier they hoped the decision to quash the eviction, based on the fact that they had not received the first half of their relocation payments, would be the end of the fight, though they knew Halprin could appeal the decision or simply start the eviction process over again. If this appeal fails, he still has the option of starting over with a new Ellis eviction.
The tenants, however, are bent on staying put.
“We plan on holding on to our homes as much as he plans to kick us out,” wrote Claudia Tirado, a teacher who has been outspoken in her protests against her and her neighbors’ evictions.
So what now? Steven Collier, one of the lawyers representing the tenants at 812 Guerrero, said that the last time he won a similar motion to quash, and it was appealed, was September of 2014. That case was just resolved earlier this month – so this appeal may have set another many months long process in motion.
Collier said the tenants and their attorneys have tried to suggest alternatives, like having the Community Land Trust buy the building, with Halprin and his lawyer but have received no response.
We have reached out to the landlord’s lawyer and will update this story as merited.
Halprin’s Tenants Evictions Halted for Now, May 12, 2015.
Halprin Runs From a Protest, Dec. 15, 2014
Halprin’s Limited Options, November 12, 2015