4391 24th Street
1710-1714 48th Avenue
859 South Van Ness
3340 San Bruno
265-267 21st Avenue
120 San Rafael Way
3111 24th Street
Upon acquiring 3039-3041 California Street, Adam pressured the tenants to take a buyout but they refused, which is when Adam decided to get rid of the tenants by using the Ellis Act. This building is home to some of the few black, senior and disabled female tenants who have managed to remain in their homes.
The following year, he turned to 4391-4399 24th Street/401-405 Hoffman Avenue. As Mission Local has reported, the Hoffman Street building had been “an enclave for artists and teachers. With rents kept below market, its previous owner, Imogene Tex Gieling, was able to house people she deemed essential to the city. She turned a condemned turn-of-the-century outpost into an artist commune. The site was founded by Karen Lee, and was “affectionately called ‘The Compound’ by its residents, to be the perfect place to help her budding gardening business grow.”
The Ellis Act Eviction began in 2018. Per Mission Local, “Calling themselves the “Adams Family,” half a dozen tenants from across the city have teamed up to counter the same property developer, Adam Phillips, who runs an LLC called 366 Developments. Philips and his company have purchased as many as 10 properties in the city in the past three years. He claims he’s only had to use the Ellis Act to evict tenants twice over 10 years. Tenants’ activists, however, claim Phillips has put out dozens of tenants, with many leaving prior to the formal filing of an eviction.Lee is one of four remaining tenants at 4397 24th Street, a six-unit property where she has resided since 2010. Planning Department documents reveal that the property was purchased for $3.9 million in December 2017. By January 2018, Phillips began emailing tenants with buyout offers.
Emails obtained by Mission Local indicate that Phillips bought the property with the sole intention of flipping it after renovations. These emails highlight profit margins, prices per square foot, and rental buyout negotiations. A Jan. 9, 2018 email to tenants went as far as detailing how Phillips planned to nearly double his initial investment to $6 million.
In a March 21, 2018 email, Phillips offered Lee and her flatmate Aya Osada a $125,000 buyout — with conditions. In order to pocket this money, Lee and Osada would have to give a declaration regarding another tenant, known only as “Janet,” whom Phillips suspected was not actually residing in her unit.
Lee tells Mission Local that she was unsure whether Janet lived in the unit or not — and was uncomfortable making a definitive statement in order to receive payment.
In October 2018 Lee and Osada filed a complaint against Phillips, alleging unlawful business practices.
“Defendants conditioned payment of the buy-out funds on Plaintiffs providing testimony that met Defendants’ approval,” reads the suit.”