In one of the more unusual eviction cases in San Francisco, the U.S. government is seeking to eject a couple from the former Iranian consulate in Presidio Heights, a $15 million mansion that was the site of protests and a major bombing in the 1970s.
On Wednesday, the government filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Northern California arguing that the couple living at 3400 Washington St. is there unlawfully.
Alexandra and Bruce Owen are being evicted under California’s Ellis Act, which allows landlords to get rid of tenants if a rental property is being taken off the market.
The couple started leasing the home in 1984 and insisted that the lease include a provision that the house be subject to all San Francisco rent control ordinances, which don’t normally apply to single-family homes. After several lease renewals, the couple entered a month-to-month lease starting July 31, 2007, according to the complaint.
Read more about this unusual eviction at ‘An Unusual Mansion Eviction Case in San Francisco‘