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Re: “Some Oakland Landlords Are Using a Legal Loophole to Exempt Housing from Rent Control

Also any of the insane amount of JDW tenets dealing with this: get a lawyer. JDW most likely doesn't have their shit together and is counting on you fighting it. Fight that shit. Fuck them. There are a lot of amazing free/lost cost services and housing rights groups that are filled with angels.

Posted by FuckJDWFuckLinMyer on 09/14/2017 at 1:51 AM

Re: “Some Oakland Landlords Are Using a Legal Loophole to Exempt Housing from Rent Control

As a former JDW tenant for 5+ years I can attest to the horrible way this company is managed. We went through this entire process with them and it was terrible. I ended up leaving the property because of not wanting to live in fear of loosing my housing daily. We eventually won the case because the evidence they gave was complete bullshit and just moving money around randomly. None of it was solid payments to a company outside of themselves (side angry note- how the hell are they even company/trying to pull this? They have no well kept records and their office must just be a chicken in a room with square of actions/addresses and whatever square the chicken shits in is what they do because honest to god that is the only way I can make sense of why they do what they do). We were really lucky (and big shout out to Centro De Legal as they are amazing angels) to win because from what we learned going through it it is often not the case. It comes down to an exact calculation of numbers and that is it. Most often as the above examples used are complete bullshit and not what the law was originally intended for. We learned of one case of a multi unit building that the landlord was living in one of the units. The landlord did work on ONLY his unit and managed to get the entire building exempt from rent control due to the "substation rehabilitation". This law does nothing to ensure the entire property is rehabilitated. Mostly it seems as a way for landlords to get out of rent control while leaving most residents in substandard or actually dangerous housing situations while they line their pockets. Our pictures of our building falling apart and documents with the maintenance we never received were not used in the trial because that is not way apparently matters. Also during this process we had the extreme displeasure of meeting Justin Walloway in the flesh. He told us rent would be raised in "reasonable amounts". None of that was going to be true/none of it would be guaranteed. When I told him his company was essentially financially evicting people who had lived there he stared at me with cold dead eyes and alluded that he was basically just trying to help us. Not that he was putting almost 20 people's homes in jeopardy. The story above breaks my heart. No person should ever have to face this monster money hungry company. For them to buy her unit and treat her in this way proves the moral backbone of this company. They don't care about people. They don't care about Oakland. It fills me with rage to know what they put her through and what they are putting so many people through. Every dealing I have had with JDW has been terrible. I just deleted the sentences I wrote about the conditions of the house because I don't want to out my prior building and the people living there in fear they will continue to mess with them more. Since we won our case they have showed up on the property with no announcement and are constantly harassing the residents. They have been using every tool they can to force every resident out so they can flip it and charge insane amounts of money. This company is praying on Oakland and is an evil toxic mismanaged horror show to put it lightly. The city of Oakland has let them destroy neighborhoods and residents left and right and should be ashamed. I hope someone from JDW reads this comment and I hope they have to look themselves in the mirror and know they are taking peoples lives from them. That they are ripping a community apart. My friends live in terror every day waiting for the next fight to come to them. Afraid to even report the parts of the building that are falling apart and that are dangerous. JDW should be ashamed of themselves but sadly I feel that day will never come until they take a long hard look at their actions on a beautiful city and not their wallets. Or that city council finally stops doing the same and also starts to give a shit about the people it governs. They are equally responsible for letting this occur and should also be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by FuckJDWFuckLinMyer on 09/14/2017 at 1:24 AM

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