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04 August 2006 @ 12:54 am
out on the street  
My daughter, Ramya, was thrown out of her rented room tonight. Her estranged husband had promised her rent money but didn't get it to her. The landlord came to her door at 9 pm and asked her for the rent. She explained that she didn't have it right now but was supposed to get some money in a couple of days and asked if he could apply her deposit to the rent. (She'd been planning to look for another room to rent in September anyway and had told him previously that she was going to give notice.) He told her that she would have to leave and that she should start packing. His niece came up to the doorway and he told her to go get some garbage bags so Ramya could pack. He also said that he was going to call the neighborhood watch in case she tried to hang around and cause trouble.

She packed up her car and left, calling me from a parking lot somewhere. I read her the portion of rental law that explains what is supposed to happen. (A written three day notice to come up with the rent or quit the premises, followed by a formal eviction/thirty days' notice if she does not, penalty being a hundred dollars a day for not following this.) She went back and tried to speak with him about why throwing her out on the street like that isn't legal. He kept saying, "I don't know what you're talking about" as if he hadn't thrown her out on the street.

He and his wife are renting to two tenants at a time and making them pay in cash. He's obviously avoiding paying taxes on this income. She was originally supposed to pay 575.00, then when she agreed to move in they informed her they'd charge 700.00 because she had the boys with her. I think he's counting on the fact that she has no receipts except her initial one. But she's been receiving mail there and neighbors all saw them every day.

I called their voice mail, detailed the law for them and informed them that we'd be seeing them in court. I kept emphasizing, "You violated my daughter's legal rights and she is out on the street!"

I can't sleep I'm so angry. My head is pounding. She is so far away and I am powerless to do anything for her at the moment. I was trying to reach my friend who has family down there and couldn't get through. I made her promise to call me if anything at all happens.

This jerk is going to be so sorry he did this. If he'd given her time we would have come up with the money somehow. He didn't have to do it this way.

I begged her to come and stay with me but she wants to make it on her own as far as possible.

This is breaking my heart.
A radiant bundle of fascinating contradictions: shockingdalbino83 on August 4th, 2006 10:58 am (UTC)
Oh how awful! Did she and her sons sleep in the car last night?
Tapatitapati on August 4th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Fortunately she had just dropped her sons off up here with their dad so she could have the time to work on building her housecleaning clientele and do jobs. Once she has that going, she can pay for the childcare (she found someone to take both of them for 8 dollars an hour). I think that's why he felt he could just toss her out, since the boys weren't with her.

I seriously want to hurt this guy but I'll restrain myself and do it via the courts.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on August 4th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
I'm so appalled. I wish there was something I could do to help. :(
Tapatitapati on August 4th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
Me too...it's so hard to be far away.
The Scottish Guythescottishguy on August 4th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
what an asshole, it blows me away how inhuman humans can be, the boys are with their dad right?
Tapatitapati on August 4th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, they are up here, thank goddess. But that's why he felt he could just throw her out. Even he might have felt like the asshole he is if he threw kids out in the street.
Christinasilhouette1126 on August 4th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
I can't believe people treat others this way. I know we're far away, and I respect her desire to get through this independently, but if there's anything that we can help with, let us know...
Tapatitapati on August 5th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
Oh thanks, if I can think of anything I'll let you know. I appreciate everyone's concern. :)
crushednchurned on August 5th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Hi there. I'm very sorry your daughter is having difficulties. Did he throw her out right then and there, that night? I'm very disturbed by this if that is the case. I do hope you pursue this legally.
Tapatitapati on August 5th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
Yes, he made her leave that night. Stood around while she packed, talked about how he would change the locks and call the neighborhood watch. It was some coldblooded shit.

Today she went back to pick up her deposit. They deducted money for the blinds and then said, as if being generous, that they wouldn't deduct for cleaning! Uh, yeah, you never gave her a chance to clean her room when you FUCKING THREW HER OUT OF YOUR HOUSE.

I don't even have words to express my anger and disgust at these people.
crushednchurned on August 5th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. Try to relax, though. I don't want you have any heart complications because of this. She'll be okay, especially with you behind her. I wish she had of known her rights at the time, but this happens. What area was this in, specifically?
Tapatitapati on August 5th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
This was in Downey, CA.

I am doing my best to de-stress. She's in a hotel for a couple of nights so at least I don't have to worry for a bit. She's looking at other rooms to rent. I have my fingers crossed.

Thanks for your support. :)
labrys6 on August 6th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
I finally got BACK to this one. You know, there are laws about rental rights, but enforcement seems nonexistent. My daughter is having horrible issues wither their landlord, too. It seems no civil authority gives a shit; well, until a landlord does it RIGHT...then the cops show up to enforce the eviction notice. Odd how they just take the side of the property owner more into account than a tenant, isn't it? Or is it? (Yeah my nasty sarcastic side gets the better of me)