Fight Back Against Greedy Landlords!! Wednesday February 20th @3:30pm

Posted: February 16, 2013 in Call to Action, Fight Back, we dig it.
Action Alert! Stop Thieving Landlords in Hartford!
Wednesday February 20th 2013 // 3:30pm
Meet at the corner of Gillett St and Asylum Ave in Hartford

Let’s try this again now that we’re dug out from the snow.

Raquel’s landlord stole almost $600 from her security deposit after she moved out, citing a number of dubious complaints. For example, for leaving some furniture that the landlord provided when she moved in, they kept $250. This all-too-familiar behavior paints a picture of landlords who are playing games with the hard-earned money of working people. They count on tenants who won’t stand up for themselves, who will stay silent about how they’ve been victimized, and who won’t fight back.

Please come out and help us deliver a demand letter, as a group, to the property manager’s office. Our numbers will demonstrate that Raquel is not alone, and that we are organized. We will remind them that tenants are customers, and without customers there is no business.

For more information contact Hart-N-Sol at 860-578-8151

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Here’s a good one:

4. Landlord’s claim: ‘What a mess. I needed all your security deposit to fix the thumb-tack holes.’
Tenant’s response:
“Oh my goodness. I am so sorry that while paying you $15,000 to live in your apartment last year, I actually lived in your apartment.”

“The landlord will make all kinds of claims that the tenant trashed the place and dare the tenant to do something about it,” Carlson says. “And because tenants have no idea what their legal rights are, they just pay it. So theft is rewarded.”

OK, here are the rules: A landlord may not charge a tenant for normal wear and tear. Small nail holes used to hang pictures? Normal. Ordinary paint discoloration? Normal. Minor scuffs on floors and carpets? Normal.

If you actually do damage something, the landlord should provide a written receipt detailing the repair costs along with the remainder of your deposit. And no charging for marks that were already there!

“We were in one situation where a landlord used a hole in the wall to steal the security deposit and he never repaired the hole,” Fry said. “We had three tenants and they all moved in with the hole in the wall, and he never fixed it and he stole all of their security deposits.”

from Grand Theft Security Deposit

Landlords steal tenants’ security deposits. Landlords also collect substantially larger security deposits these days because rents have gone through the roof. The temptation to steal is there and many landlords succumb. What can you do about it?

In my blog post Grand Theft Security Deposit, published June 16, 2009, I speculated that hundreds of millions of dollars were pilfered every year in California because landlords unreasonably retained tenants’ security deposits after move out. I pointed out that in my experience as a tenant counselor at the San Francisco Tenants Union, each shift I attended I heard anecdotal evidence that landlords were stealing about $3,000.00. This hasn’t changed.

As you may know I have been conducting a poll on this site for the last several months. The poll asked this: “In your overall experience as a tenant, how much money have landlords stolen from you by keeping your security deposits without cause to do so?” While the sample was small and cannot be conclusive on the matter, to me the results were not unexpected:

29% reported that their landlords never ripped them off; 10% said they lost less than $100.00; 39% claimed they had lost between $101.00 and $1,000.00; 6% said they lost $1,001.00 and $3,000.00; 16% claimed landlords had stolen over $3,000.00.

Is it true that 71% of all tenants have been ripped off in some amount by their landlords? I understand my readers may be biased, yet it is clear from my experience and news accounts that landlords steal tenants’ security deposits. Landlords also collect substantially larger security deposits these days because rents have gone through the roof. The temptation to steal is there and many landlords succumb. What can you do about it?

On Rent Regulation:

In New York  city low vacancy rate means that landlords can easily find tenants willing to pay higher rent for worse conditions. Many tenants fear that if they raise issues with their landlord because they may face retaliatory eviction or may not receive a lease renewal.   Without rent regulation, tenants fear retaliatory eviction or no lease renewal if they complain about conditions.  Many tenants have no lease at all, and do not know their rights. Rent regulation levels the field between landlords and tenants and gives tenants more protections, including the right to a lease renewal and to complain about bad conditions. ..Real Rent Reform Campaign

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