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Tenants Together Launches Landlord Hall of Shame

by Tenants Together
September 23rd, 2010

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Today, Tenants Together, California’s statewide organization for tenants’ rights, launched its Landlord Hall of Shame.

The Landlord Hall of Shame is designed to expose the worst landlords in California. Through the Landlord Hall of Shame, Tenants Together hopes to publicly shame bad landlords and deter their future misconduct.

The first two Official Nominees to the Landlord Hall of Shame are Palo Alto-based real estate Developer David Taran and Bakersfield-based mega landlord Frank St. Clair.  Taran orchestrated the mass eviction of low-income tenants in East Palo Alto.  St. Clair is an investor who has been acquiring tenant-occupied foreclosed homes in the Bakersfield area and kicking tenants out of their homes in violation of the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act.  Taran and St. Clair were nominated in recognition of the extensive misery they've caused California tenants.

The user-friendly website offers tenants an opportunity to suggest landlords for the Hall of Shame, and to provide input on suggested landlords.

Tenants Together plans to announce Official Nominees throughout the year. Annually, members of Tenants Together will vote to determine which of the Official Nominees will be inducted into the Hall of Shame. 

According to Executive Director Dean Preston, "The message to bad California landlords is clear: clean up your act, or be ready for a public shaming."

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