Eviction Notice turned into a messy Court Dispute, Homeowner says Renter used Pandemic to Live Rent-free

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An ignored discover to vacate escalated into a messy homeowner-renter dispute with dozens of police calls, restraining orders, and alleged property injury. 

Baiting Jiang, a single lady dwelling within the United States for 5 years now, is being accused of utilizing the pandemic and the authorized system to stay rent-free for 10 months. The case was first reported by The NBS Bay Area in early October which particulars how Jiang lived within the Yang’s household dwelling for over a yr from July 2019 to October 2020 and was filed an eviction discover after Jiang allegedly ignored the 30-day discover to vacate. 

“No, that is not true,” Jiang stated. “I paid $1,350 per month timely from the month of July [2019] to December [2019]; I never owed them a penny.”

Things began to escalate after this with police being known as to intervene. Police famous that conditions like this have change into extra widespread with the pandemic and they’re usually ill-equipped to deal with these kinds of points. 

The state of affairs got here to a level whereby the Yang household drove out of their very own dwelling. The house owner who’s a single mom moved to a rented room together with her daughter whereas her son slept in his automotive because the room solely match two. In a assertion with the NBC Bay Area, the Yangs stated that they initially needed Jiang out as they had been uncomfortable with a few of her visitors however Jiang contended that this allegation isn’t true. 

“It was after I filed a complaint about their illegal unit, which I rented from them, that they started the retaliation against me,” Jiang stated.

In a assessment of the timeline of occasions, Jiang filed her criticism with the town concerning the unlawful unit two months after she acquired the discover to vacate served to her final January. 

Moreover, Yang stated that Jiang’s assertion didn’t make sense noting that Jiang rented the main bedroom which was the perfect room in the home. She added, “I feel she did it to get back at us.”

But the household admitted that they did start constructing two unpermitted items in 2019 and as they had been unfamiliar with the method, they labored with the town to get a allow which coincided with the criticism. Last October 28, the town authorized the allow. 

The dispute additional escalated with the COVID shutdown which halted courtroom hearings on household eviction instances. Although some eviction instances with moratoriums in most Bay Area counties had been allowed to proceed if there have been well being and security considerations, San Mateo county didn’t have the identical order which considerably worsened the state of affairs between Juang and the Yangs. 

In March and May 2020, Jiang was accused by the household of property injury costing them tens of 1000’s of {dollars}. In their assertion with the police, the household reported that Jiang had excessively run the water within the lavatory. In one other incident report, the household claimed that the bathe was left in a single day and in one other separate incident, Jiang ran her water for 40 hours. 

“This is a false accusation against me,” Jiang informed NBC Bay Area. “[It] created a lot of harm…My lawyer friend has been inside my unit multiple times and decided that I did not run the water.”

NBC Bay Area had reportedly informed Jiang in regards to the plumbing paperwork which indicated an intentional water leak, Jiang shortly denied the allegations and insisted she was not behind it.

Jiang was supposed to current proof for the non permanent restraining order she had filed in opposition to Yang twice in October however NBC Bay Area reported that on one event she informed the choose she was not ready whereas on one other time, she didn’t seem in courtroom. The case was lastly dismissed. 

Court information present that Jiang has filed not less than 5 restraining orders in opposition to 5 totally different folks in simply the final two years which prompted the query whether or not she was utilizing the authorized system as a weapon. To which she answered, “Shouldn’t I have the right to go to court and file a restraining order to protect myself?” she stated.

Four days earlier than a choose was anticipated to hear the household’s eviction case, Jiang moved out. 

Thomas Lake

Resident tech nerd for the SF Times.