Lawsuit Filed to Enforce Lifetime Tenancy
In an act of moral outrage, today, 97 year old Marie Hatch filed suit to protect her legal right to stay in the house where she has lived for over 60 years. Although she had been promised that she could live in the house for life based upon a decades-old contract with Vivian Kroeze, the estranged spouse of Kroeze’s granddaughter, David Kantz, started eviction proceedings against Hatch this month. He originally threatened her eviction during the holidays last December.
Word of her eviction along with her roommate, Georgia Rothrock of 32 years from their cottage in Burlingame has galvanized community support with offers of help from around the world. Hatch appreciates all the support, but wants to make sure that the contract is enforced and that her right to stay in her home is guaranteed, which is why the complaint for breach of contract, elder abuse, and intentional infliction of emotional distress was filed today in the San Mateo County Superior Court.
“This is one of the most egregious acts of taking advantage of one of our community’s most vulnerable citizens that I have seen in my legal career,” said Nancy Fineman, one of Hatch’s lawyers. “To try to put these women out on the street in total disregard of the promise made that Hatch could stay in the house for the rest of her life is despicable.” Nanci Nishimura, another of Hatch’s attorneys with the law firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy added that: “It is a sad day when people let greed override human decency forcing us to take legal action to protect our client’s rights.”