Post by High Priestess on Dec 13, 2017 22:59:22 GMT
In October 2013, an Oakland landlord who had a several-unit apartment building, rented a studio apartment there to John Kaipaka, who was being sponsored by a Berkeley agency which helps chronically homeless people by providing them subsidies to obtain housing. After moving into the premises, John Kaipaka gradually destroyed the whole apartment, apparently stealing parts of it (fixtures) and selling them. Even though she became aware of the destruction of her premises in summer 2014, and filed an unlawful detainer suit in August 2014, it was not until March 2015 when the Oakland landlord was finally able to get him out of her property. The apartment was a complete loss and she had over $20,000 in property damage as well as legal/court fees.
It was later discovered that John Kaipaka had been evicted 7 times previously as there were 7 previous unlawful detainer lawsuits filed against John Kaipaka.
He also had criminal charges, as found on court records.
In sum -- John Kaipaka, who was a low income tenant and thus recieved free legal aid, was assisted by these legal aid agencies and their attorneys to effectively steal 3.5 years of rent/accomodations from 8 different landlords.