A woman in San Francisco has died in the midst of an extended battle against eviction from her apartment. Beatriz Allen, who passed away in her sleep at the age of 81 on April 30, had lived in her Noe Valley home for nearly 40 years. But in 2014, healthcare tech startup CEO Tariq Hilaly bought the building, along with the one next door. In March 2016, Allen was served an eviction notice giving her 60 days to vacate. The Guardian explains the state's Ellis Act allows some property owners to remove longtime tenants from their rent-controlled apartments. Recently a 100-year-old woman died in San Francisco after losing a similar battle; a 93-year-old man was fighting his eviction at the time of his death. "Mom is number three," Allen's daughter says. "She is the third person to be killed and die for this."
Hilaly said he wanted to move his parents, who are in their 70s, into Allen's apartment, and his lawyers asserted that he had every right to occupy it. But Allen's attorneys argued that it was unethical to evict her in her final year of life. Even as doctors gave her just weeks to live, Hilaly, whose lawyers say he offered to pay for her to relocate, set May 9 as her eviction date. Allen died before it came to that. "It was scary for her," her daughter says. "It felt like they were killing her." The story comes a few weeks after the Department of Housing and Urban Development released 2017 income limits related to subsidized housing; San Francisco's figures in particular made waves, as they established that a family of four making $105,350 is "low income," reported the Mercury News. (Read more eviction stories.)