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As tenant of Sullivan's SMC Management, I can vouch to say that although the face of these "renovated" homes are quite pleasing compared to what they had been before, the skeleton of each is in no shape to be habitable with out nightmare. I have lived in one of Mr. Sullivan's properties since 2013. Have witnessed faulty work of electric, water and gas specifically to my unit to the point that I had become aware that no unit was connected properly leaving myself (a single person working full time in Oakland to afford the rent plus utilities) to struggle paying the difference out of my own pocket. As if it isn't enough to attempt to afford the rent higher than I had originally expected before being moved from the original location desired to the current one I am in now last minute upon my move in, (original not approved by city, fire department and PGE to be considered habitable). There is no explanation for my EBMUD bill to be of over $400.00 dollars, and obvious spike in PGE once all other tenants moved in. I had finally proved this to Sullivan's management team only to be given the run around for over a month and a half just after a promise of SMC taking over utilities and reimbursing me atleast half of what I had struggled to cover from move in date until current only to find out maintenance and contractors were "fixing issues while I was at work mainly dodging all times my unit is occupied not providing any documents.
June 1st of this year I was notified by EBMUD and PGE the bills went unpaid and left in my name after being promised to be paid in full and me being released of responsibility. During this time I was hit with a nearly $400 water bill as well as a 15 day notice of shut off Due to non payment and nearly $200 for PGE & Gas. Surprised, I contacted management asking what the deal was. Lets just say many unprofessional texts, inspections and lies later, I was told it is not their responsibility I am to assume the responsibility of this bill and be expected to pay my rent in full.
I can't live with out water. I am now facing eviction even after I had proved to them via PGE that I was paying for electricity used by tenants other than myself. After I made it clear I occupy this unit alone and manage a 24/7 company near the Oakland Airport and am not home enough to run any bill up as this nor do I even own a television to leave on to add. I have presented a plethora of proof with photos to and my own calls to PGE inspectors (also red tagging heating system as a danger to my health with a 7 inch wide hole in the flute) the skeletal condition of this building alone and have been told this is a sad joke to be being put through this by many professionals.
Many reviews left by tenants other than myself all over the web are just a cry to Sullivan.
Sullivan is building his own city on top of unhealed scarred history promising a new wave of community (who I can tell you are not ready to be apart of this city with out making a mock of it) by simply covering it with makeup. The IKEA kitchen, bathrooms and easy install of Emeryville's Homedepot wood floor lay ins are not worth the hell of disrespect a lot of us tenants are being put through. Original Oakland citizens or not.
The rent increase from a year ago through SMCrents.com has risen $1k and more as advertised. During my application, I was sold a promise that Sullivan Management aka REO 3, LLC was for the community. Affordable housing for local people and families. Although I adore my neighbors who I cannot blame for running to Oakland from SF's unfathomable high rent, and welcome them here, they were lucky enough to come in during the time I did before SMC began to advertise a one bedroom in WEST OAKLAND for $2000.00 (Two thousand dollars http://www.smcrents.com/#!rentalshtml/ctzx) My two bedroom no doubt will be profited off of some poor incomer by at least an additional $1,000 to $1,500 dollars on top of what I am already paying over $1,300 not including high utility and optional additional payment for garage and undisclosed additional amount for garbage that is not in the tenants name but held responsible to pay for upon monthly rent.
For the community outreach he claims being responsible for, is none other than a distraction from what is really going on here.
Gentrification with bad blueprints left for building glass houses ran by over worked local women in sales, inexperienced management and sweet maintenance whom apologize on behalf of the rot we live upon destroying ourselves to pay for.
Had I known what I had signed for, had I known not to be so naive in thinking that this was an honest mans company...I would have rather risked losing my place in Oakland as tax paying productive citizen already amongst the city.
Some may read this as dramatic but very much necessary ; I want to boldly let all know that this is the kind of business that takes peoples lively hood in to their own hands to make a buck, have staff under them scattering like mice to scrounge up lies showing obvious stress when confronted by the fed tenants whether it be about sketchy documents, or maintenance and if I lose this battle of what I highly believe as un ethical, unfair and unlawful eviction-
I will not only lose my home, but due to lack of family left in the area, I will be forced to give up my job I have occupied for well over 6 years in management in this city )responsible of providing local jobs to actually benefit the community), only to be booted to the valley to nearest KIN to start from scratch.
There is much left out due to the emotional message being shared I guarantee you.
Sullivan either thinks he's doing something amazing with a snake running the show- or is in fact himself thee snake.
-SMC East Bay drowning tenant,
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