A recent California Court of Appeal victory for a 70-year-old
disabled tenant activist named Sharon Green who was evicted from her
home could have an impact on similar evictions throughout California.
“The California Court of Appeal for the Second District held that
constitutional due process applies to an eviction from a housing unit
supported by a redevelopment agency, prohibiting the tenant’s eviction
without good cause,” according to the National Housing Law Project.
In other words, landlords in California cannot evict renters residing
in publicly subsidized housing that is funded by local governments,
without a good cause, according to a unanimous ruling from the
California Court of Appeal.
The court ruling reversed an eviction against Sharon Green, who
believed that her eviction was done in retaliation for exercising her
protected rights of free speech, freedom of association and her right to
petition the government.
Green originally moved into the 157-unit Heritage Oaks Senior
Apartments in Glendora in 2007. In 2009, she opposed a 90-Day Notice to
Quit, a notice that did not give a reason for the eviction.
She lost the case in court, but she appealed because believed that she could not be evicted without a good cause.
After being thrown out of her home two years ago, she has lived in a
tent at times, and sometimes in an old trailer at different campgrounds.
“My cat and I have survived rain, snow, lightening and extreme cold,”
she said. “Everyday is a struggle with the elements, or the predators
and insects. We both just want to go home.”
This ruling may affect over 150,000 rental units receiving subsidies by local governments throughout the state.
“This ruling is significant because it requires private landlords
receiving local, public money to give very-low and low-income families
the stability they need to get jobs and raise their families,” said
Maria Palomares of Neighborhood Legal Services, who argued the case on
behalf of the legal aid groups.
“It extends critical protections to tenants of city-subsidized housing.”
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