A San Francisco resident is facing eviction after his monthly rent was increased from $1,800 to $8,000 overnight.
Neil Hutchinson, 47, has lived in his apartment for the last six years, according to Raw Story. His residence is somewhat famous as some scenes from Clint Eastwood’s “The Dead Pool” were filmed there.
Despite the apartment’s Hollywood history, the rent remained relatively manageable at $1,800 until June 1 when the landlord jacked it up by more than 400 percent.
When Hutchinson couldn’t pay the new amount, he was slapped with an eviction notice.
Hutchinson initially moved into the apartment under a lease with roommates back in 2010; however, now that the master tenant has moved out, the landlord claims the lease is no longer valid.
“They’ve accepted money from me,” Hutchinson told local reporters. “I filled out an application. They are saying the lease is not applicable to me. As far as I’m concerned the rent control should apply to me.”
Hutchinson is reportedly appealing the rent hike through the San Francisco Rent Board. The board is set to decide the case in August, but in the meantime, Hutchinson still fears losing his home as his July 21 eviction date quickly approaches.
“I could be evicted before that decision comes through, so I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do,” Hutchinson said. “I’m struggling here.”
For Hutchinson, picking up and moving is not a viable option, especially since he earns his living as a video engineer for conventions in San Francisco.
“If I have to move to say, Vallejo, it would be very economically hard to produce the same number of hours,” he said. “My life is in San Francisco. I don’t have a car. The commute would be brutal to my career.”
It’s nearly unfathomable that a landlord could make such a rash decision with virtually no notice. The landlord’s outrageous rent hike shows pure greed and a lack of consideration for others’ livelihoods.
The influx of affluent residents as a result of the Bay Area’s tech industry boom has negatively impacted the people who have lived and worked in the area for many years and contributed to the city’s economic sustainability.
Hutchinson’s experience is a side effect of gentrification at its worst.
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