Low-Income Tenants to be Directly Displaced by Development in El Cerrito

An El Cerrito townhome development is displacing longtime tenants from an affordable RV park.
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Sam Levin
East Bay Express (Oakland, CA)
July 7, 2015
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Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant, Legal Needs

Organizations mentioned/involved: Bay Area Legal Aid (San Francisco)


Soon, however, Lopez and about a dozen Audiss RV Park tenants will have to find new places to live. Public records show that the longtime owner of the property, Edward Biggs, is in the process of selling the site to Berkeley-based developer, Urban Community Partners; Biggs has informed the residents that they will soon have to vacate to make way for a new market-rate townhouse development. Urban Community Partners has proposed a project with multiple buildings featuring nearly thirty townhomes, according to the City of El Cerrito.


David Levin, staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid, a nonprofit that provides free legal services to low-income people, is now assisting the tenants and eventually helped ensure that they could stay past July 1. Last week, Nanda sent a letter to Levin (no relation to me) stating that Biggs would extend the deadline until August 13 — which is still weeks earlier than he had originally promised.