BURLINGAME, CA (KPIX/CNN) – A 97-year-old woman in California now faces eviction.She has been in the home for 66 years. Now, her landlord wants her gone.
The elderly woman is trying to fight the eviction.”It’s my home. I’m comfortable. I’ve been here forever, and I love it,” resident Marie Hatch said.
Hatch has lived in her Burlingame cottage for decades, after her landlady and friend made her a promise all those years ago.”She just said I can stay here as long as I want to,” Hatch said.She said she could stay as long as she’s alive.It was a verbal promise, nothing in writing, and that’s why Mrs. Hatch now finds herself on the verge of eviction.
The current owner, the grandson-in-law of the original landlady, informed her she has 60 days to move out.”He’s greedy. Why does he have to do it this way? Who told him he has to do it this way?” Hatch said.
She shares the home with her 85-year-old roommate, Georgia Rothrock.”It’s very harsh and very unexpected,” Rothrock said.Together, they pay $900 a month rent.If they get evicted, where will they go?”I haven’t the slightest idea. I don’t know where I’m gonna go. I really don’t. Keeps me awake at night,”
Hatch said.”I’ll be out on the bus stop bench, surrounded by my boxes of books, my beloved books, and that’s about all I can foresee,” Rothrock said.
The landlord’s attorney put out a press release saying the landlord knows nothing about a guarantee that says Mrs. Hatch could live here for life.
Earlier, the landlord told the chronicle that he feels bad about this but insists he has to evict the ladies, because his late wife left a trust for their sons, which is about to expire, so he is, quote, “duty-bound to sell the property on behalf of his sons.”
“He has no choice? I don’t believe that,” Hatch said.The ladies are now represented by attorneys from the community, who are pursuing legal action.