Alex Sajkovik has lived in his apartment in the Haight Ashbury since 1984. He started a natural stone business in San Francisco 1992, which he ran successfully until being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (“ALS”), a rare fatal progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control. By the Summer of 2020, he could no longer independently navigate the 44 stairs to his apartment. At that point Alex and his wife Rose secured an affordable chairlift and reached out to their landlord to get permission to install it. But instead of working to assist the couple in installing the chairlift, the landlord opted to obstruct installation for months responding with curt, vague emails denying permission to install it.