Attorneys for 97-year-old woman file suit to stop eviction

Feb 26, 2016 8:05 PM by News Staff

BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) - Attorneys for a 97-year-old woman being booted from her Northern California home filed suit Friday to enforce a long-ago oral promise by the landlord that the woman could live there until she died.

The lawsuit filed in San Mateo County states that Marie Hatch moved into her Burlingame cottage more than 60 years ago at the request of her friend Vivian Kroeze, who owned the property and needed companionship.

The suit states that Hatch was promised a lifetime tenancy. The promise was honored by Kroeze's daughter and granddaughter.

But in 2006, the granddaughter was murdered and her estranged husband, David Kantz, took over collecting rent. This month, his attorney told Hatch and her 85-year-old roommate to vacate within 60 days.

Kantz's attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

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