Mission Tenant Dies Fighting Ellis Eviction; Neighbors Move On

by Paul Hogarth on December 18, 2007

Alirio Cortez, a 59-year-old tenant in the Mission District, died last week. His health had deteriorated over the last year, while his family has been fighting an Ellis Act eviction, and he worried about what would happen if they had to leave their home of 40 years. His mother, Consuelo Orellana, still lives in the unit.

The tenants at 1286-1298 Treat Avenue — a seven-unit complex — have been fighting an Ellis eviction for the past year. Three of the units have already been emptied through buy-outs, but the remaining tenants (which include seniors and three small children) continue to fight to stay there. Last Sunday, as the landlord invited prospective buyers to visit the vacant units, the tenants held a vigil on the steps to commemorate Alirio’s passing. The units are selling for $500,000 a piece.

With the real estate market declining, only 3 people came to the open house — and at least one told the tenants after learning about what happened that she would not buy the unit.

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