Schwarzenegger defends 102-year-old being evicted

Arnold Schwarzenegger said he will reach out to a 102-year-old woman being evicted from home.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor and former governor of California, on Sunday allegedly crossed the 102-year-old Los Angeles woman is being booted from her apartment where she lived for 30 years, so the landlord’s daughter could move.

Thelma Smith received a 90-day eviction notice for her month-to-month lease in early March and is now relying on friends and family who live on the east coast to help her find a new place to live, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Schwarzenegger called the move “heartless” and said that he will reach to help her. He also gave a warning to landlords, saying: “You’ll hear from me.”


“Imagine that this is a 102-year-old woman who gave back to the community in her entire life,” the actor said on Twitter.

The Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance says that landlords in the county may evict tenants for a family member, but they must start with the most recent resident. Smith, however, live in unincorporated Ladera heights where the laws are weaker. “They make use of this right to focus on the long-term, low-paying renters,” Larry Gross, the executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival, told The Times.


In response to the KCAL to ask the landlord why they would get rid of a 102-year-old woman, she said, “Would you take care of your child?”

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report

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