Matthew Miller may have only filed two Ellis Acts through his 1506 Jackson LLC and his 32 Varennes LLC, but his most recent one which displaced the Lee family from the upper Polk Gulch area garnered international attention in its insidiousness.
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Miller bought 1506 to 1510 Jackson Street for $1.2 million in January 2012. Within four months, he had offered buyouts to the Asian longtime residents there. 1508-A Jackson Street was the home for Chinese immigrants Gum Gee Lee and her husband, Poon Heung Lee since 1979. They raised seven children there. They were Ellis Acted 48-year-old disabled daughter from an eight-unit complex in fall of 2013. As Gum Gee Lee, 73, explained, "We raised our family here and we paid rent for more than 30 years. This new landlord knew we lived here when he bought the building. But he did not plan to keep us. He started to evict all of the tenants right away."
Their lawyer, Omar Calimbas of the Asian Law Caucus who represented almost all the other tenants in the complex, imagined that Miller, utilized the Ellis Act to flip the units and sell them: "It's the same business model — he bought the property with the purpose to flip it from rent control to luxury TICs, sell it and move on." Miller used his 1506 Jackson LLC to do this, along with CA1REAL Estate. The Ellis Act (L120766) had been filed on April 16, 2012.
Miller did the same in North Beach at 32-40 Varennes St., which was renovated into luxury TIC units listed starting at $439,000 each. The Ellis Act (L080806) was filed on April 28, 2008. He operated through his 32 Varennes LLC.