BURLINGAME, Calif. — A 97-year-old woman in California is facing eviction from the home she has lived in for six decades.
Marie Hatch has been living in the cottage since 1950.
When she moved in, her landlady and friend made her a promise that she could stay as long as she lives. The problem now is it was a verbal promise and not in writing.
After the landlady passed away, her daughter honored the promise and so did her granddaughter. The granddaughter was killed in 2006 and now her ex-husband is kicking Hatch and her 85-year-old roommate out.
“I don’t know where I’m gonna go. I really don’t. Keeps me awake at night,” Hatch said.
“I’ll be out on the bus stop bench, surrounded by my boxes of books — my beloved books — and that’s about all I can foresee,” said Hatch’s roommate Georgia Rothrock.
Together, Hatch and her roommate pay $900 a month in rent. The man who is kicking them out says he he has to sell the property to do what’s best for his sons. The trust left to them by their mother is about to run out.
The ladies are now represented by attorneys from the community who are pursuing legal action.