My name is Peter Mack. That’s my real world name, it is not a fictitious name. The purpose of this blog is not, at this time, to monetize it with ads. There are other reasons for creating this blog. My goal is to lend support to a fellow tenant in my apartment building, a very good tenant, whose heart and soul is being dragged through the mud by two devious, double-talking, unethical apartment managers and one or more of their chosen accomplices who live in the same apartment building located in San Diego.
His two apartment managers are conducting a smear campaign that is designed to portray him as a violent man and/or criminal. He is boxed in a corner, virtually fighting them, and their pack of lies, all by himself, which is another reason for me to support him. The tenant I’m supporting with this blog does not want to be identified. I will refer to him as Tenant-X.
Tenant-X is not only being subjected to slander, management is also in the process of evicting him. Their vicious plan of attack does not end with an eviction. After the eviction management will blacklist him which will make it hard, very hard, for Tenant-X to rent an apartment anywhere he goes in the United States. Tenant-X has been living and renting an apartment in the same building for 15 years.
That is a very large chunk of good quality rental history his landlord, the two apartment managers, and their team of lawyers are trying to destroy. American landlords place great weight on a tenants rental history. In America a persons credit history is very important. A persons rental history may be as important as their credit history when it comes time to rent an apartment.
What you read here, the very bad things that Tenant-X has been subjected to, could happen to you if you reside at a San Diego apartment complex that is owned by George Lattimer (Embassy Apartments or Diamond Apartments) or any apartment complex in the U.S. that has a Just Cause Eviction law in place. Many landlords do not like the Just Cause Eviction law and some of them have dirty techniques and unscrupulous managers they employ in order to circumvent the Just Cause Eviction law.
Certain tenants in San Diego, and other tenants around the U.S., are covered by the Just Cause Eviction law and I’ll tell you if you qualify for Just Cause protection. If you are a renter who is covered by a Just Cause Eviction law then the information I’ll be sharing with you as it pertains to Tenant-X’s situation is information that a tenant might be able to use. In some cities the Just Cause Eviction law is called a Good Cause law or Just Cause Eviction Control (JCEC). The following cities have a Just Cause Eviction law in place:
- San Francisco
- West Hollywood
- Santa Monica
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Washington D.C.
- San Diego
It appears that New Jersey and New Hampshire are the only states in the U.S. that provides a Just Cause Eviction law for all tenants statewide. The list of 12 cities noted above may not be complete. If your city is not on that list then please check your cities municipal codes to determine if your city has a Just Cause Eviction law.
Definition of the Just Cause Eviction Law: The Just Cause Eviction Law applies to tenants in San Diego who have been living in the same unit for two years or more. Once the tenant makes it to the 2 year mark of tenancy, they then automatically qualify for Just Cause protection. The premise of the JCE is that at the two year mark of a tenants residency, the landlord must specify at least one of 8 specific reasons as to why the tenant is being evicted. If the tenant has been residing in the same unit for a period of two years or less, the tenant has less protection, they can be evicted for no reason or any reason. A no reason/any reason type eviction is called a No Fault eviction. Here are San Diego’s 8 reasons a landlord can cite when issuing a Just Cause eviction, 8 reasons that were created by the San Diego city council in 2004 for landlords to adhere to:
(a) Nonpayment of Rent.
(b) Violation of Obligation of Tenancy. The tenant has violated a lawful and material obligation or covenant of the tenancy, except that the following may not be grounds for termination or non-renewal of a tenancy: (1) The failure to surrender possession of the rental-unit upon the expiration of a specified term
(c) Nuisance. The tenant is committing a nuisance or permitting a nuisance in, or is causing damage to, the rental-unit or to the appurtenances thereof or to the common areas of the housing complex containing the rental-unit, or is creating an unreasonable interference with the comfort, safety, or enjoyment of any of the other residents of the housing complex.
(d) Illegal Use. The tenant is using or permitting the rental-unit to be used for an illegal purpose.
(e) Refusal to Renew Lease. The tenant who had a written lease or rental agreement which terminated on or after April 26, 2004 has refused, after written request by the landlord, to execute a written extension or renewal thereof within the written period prescribed by the lease or state law for a further term of like duration with similar provisions.
(f) Refusal to Provide Access. The tenant has refused to give the landlord reasonable access to the rental-unit for the purpose of making repairs or improvements, or for the purpose of inspection as permitted or required by the lease or by law, or for the purpose of showing the rental-unit to any prospective purchaser or mortgagee.
(g) Correction of Violations. The landlord, after having obtained all necessary permits from the City of San Diego, seeks to recover possession of the rental unit for necessary repair or construction when removal of the tenant is reasonably necessary to accomplish the repair or construction work.
(h) Withdrawal of Residential Rental Structure from the Rental Market. The landlord intends to withdraw all rental-units in all buildings or structures on a parcel of land from the rental market.
And so you wonder, just how does a landlord evict a good tenant like Tenant-X, a tenant who doesn’t hold loud parties, keeps to himself, pays the rent on time every month for 15 years, and is protected by the Just Cause Eviction law? And why would they do such a thing? There are many details, a lot of details, that go into answering those two questions. I look forward to sharing those details in a future post. For now, I can only give general, vague answers to those two questions:
Management is attempting to evict, or can attempt to evict Tenant-X (or any tenant covered by a Just Cause Eviction law) by using deceit, deception and lies in order to make an illegal eviction look legal in a court of law. And it appears as if they’re evicting him for two reasons not found in San Diego’s Just Cause Eviction law: 1) because they don’t like him, which is prejudice and 2) because of the way the Tenant-X defended himself when he stood up to management when management violated the terms of the rental agreement by doing some out of the ordinary things that were highly offensive, and management is retaliating. As I noted earlier, I will share more details at a later date. Until then, please remember, there are two sides to every story.
In later posts I will write about the techniques Ray and Inga Nardone employ in order to get around the seemingly tough, ironclad, Just Cause eviction law. And I will describe the highly offensive things the Nardones have said and done to Tenant-X. For now I will just say that the Nardones behaved in a way that crossed the line of decency, gross, ugly behavior that was unacceptable to Tenant-X. Ray and Inga Nardone are the two “professional” apartment managers who manage the building Tenant-X lives in. Ray and Inga Nardone are both very nice, friendly, sweet-talking people who Mark Twain would have called “Damn liars and then some.”