To be clear this man was not evicted for failure to pay the rent. "Hal" who has lived in WeHo for more than a 27 years & was recently evicted under the Ellis Act, a state is a law in our state of California which says that landlords have the unconditional right to evict tenants to “go out of business.” What does going out of business even mean?
In many cases, similar to Hal's, the landlord is selling their 'rent controlled' property to a developer so they are really just selling their property for a huge profit, not actually going out of business. And now Hal, can't afford a new location in WeHo because 1 bedrooms are nearly $2,500 a month & for this man's limited fixed income that's just not feasible.
Nir Zilberman, a local activist who has been helping Hal to find new place to live, had this to say on his Facebook, "It's sad, Weho will support the Syrian people, but cannot even help their own people. So let's talk facts, let's show the truth of our city of Rich and the Poor."
PS - Some landlord's have outright said they won't rent to him because he's too old, it's presumed he may die on the property.