Fight to stop cancer sufferer, 97, being evicted from cottage she has lived in for 66 years as lawyer brands landlord 'one of the greediest I've ever seen'

Daily Mail

Attorneys for a 97-year-old cancer sufferer being kicked out of the San Francisco cottage she has lived in for more than six decades filed a lawsuit on Friday aimed at stopping the eviction.

Marie Hatch and roommate Georgia Rothrock, 85, were handed a 60-day eviction notice this month by landlord David Kantz who says he wants to sell the home for his sons before the trust expires.

Lawyer Nancy Fineman, for firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy who took on the case for free after hearing of Hatch's plight, branded Kantz's actions 'despicable'.

Fineman told SF Gate: 'This is one of the most outrageous acts of greed against the elderly that I’ve seen in my almost 30 years of being a lawyer.'

Hatch says she first moved into the two-bed, one bath home 66 years ago after friend Vivian Kruse, who used to own the property, gave her a verbal promise that she could live there until she died.

That deal was upheld by Kruse's daughter Beatrice, and then granddaughter Pamela until she died in 2006, passing ownership of the property to estranged husband Kantz, who is now trying to sell it.

Fineman told ABC News: 'We think there’s an enforceable oral contract and we’re taking steps to make sure that contract is enforced and Marie can live there for the rest of her life.' 

The lawsuit filed by Fineman alleges breach of contract, elder abuse and intentional infliction of emotional distress... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)


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