Mid-Market live-work tenants sue over evictions

John Gall, a former Major League Baseball player is the part owner of a building in San Fransisco that is set up for offices but has been used for residential lofts for many years. It hadn't been an issue until the city began to push him to turn the lofts into office space. They sited a law that says that all living spaces must have access to natural light and some of the lofts are completely interior and do not have windows. Gall issued eviction notices in early fall, but has not followed up with an unlawful detainer suit for anyone who has remained. Many of the tenants have accepted relocation money to move out of their apartments.
Some tenants have brought a lawsuit against Mr Gall, saying that he's allowed the building to fall into disrepair. Their claims include broken elevators and door locks, homeless people sleeping in the shared bathrooms, and needles and blood in the stairwell. Gall says this is not the case. The only thing he notes is that a hot water heater had gone out at one point, but that had been fixed. He says that the other allegations are false and that the property managers are managing it as they always have.

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POSTED January 16 2014 1:16 PM

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