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Arnold Schwarzenegger Steps In to Support 102-Year-Old Woman Facing Eviction

When a 102-year-old Los Angeles woman was notified that she had to leave an apartment she’d been staying in for 30 years, former governor of California,  reportedly reached out to help.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Thelma Smith received a 90-day eviction notice in March, so the landlord’s daughter could move in.

Apparently, the landlord’s actions aren’t illegal. The Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance allows landlords in the county to evict tenants to accommodate a relative, but they must start with the most recent resident.

Los Angeles’ rent control law provides assistance for the disabled and elderly who need to be relocated. However, for Smith, who stays out of the jurisdiction and city limits of Los Angeles County, the law doesn’t apply.

“They use this law to target long-term, low-paying tenants,” Larry Gross, the executive director for the Coalition for Economic Survival told The LA Times.

Smith has until June to move and is now dependent upon family members who live on the East Coast to help her find a new place to stay.

Schwarzenegger, who had become familiar with Smith as a public official, called the move for eviction “heartless.”

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

Schwarzenegger has committed to helping Smith and warned landlords that they’ll be “hearing” from him.

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About Retonjah Burdette

Retonjah Burdette is a publicist and published content curator from Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in 2017, Burdette then went on to get field experience with one of the top entertainment PR firms in Atlanta. Since the start of her career, Burdette has worked with a number of actors, authors, entrepreneurs and independent artists. She has secured placements on media outlets such as TV One’s Sister Circle, Good Day Atlanta on FOX, V-103, CBS 46, Kontrol Magazine, KISS 104.1 and Rolling Out to name a few. In addition to her growth in PR, she is currently a writer for Baller Alert, a top platform for news and entertainment. In hopes of bringing the visions of others to life, she launched Girl Avant-Garde in 2019, a creative agency specializing in innovative content, branding and PR in entertainment. Her overall goal is to have autonomy over her creative thought process and to teach branding to new entrepreneurs and others pursuing a career in the public eye.

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