Certainly it’s natural to want to maximize one’s real estate investment. But we are still, for the most part, a nation of laws. San Francisco landlords Kip and Nicole Macy apparently didn’t care much about the law. They were trying to clear out a 6-unit building they bought in San Francisco. As reported in The San Francisco Chronicle:
When one of the tenants, Scott Morrow, successfully fought eviction, the couple allegedly told workers in September 2006 to cut the beams that supported his apartment’s floor. They also shut off Morrow’s electricity, cut his phone line and had workers saw a hole in his living room floor from below, prosecutors said. Morrow has since sued the Macys.
That’s not all. Two other tenants paid reduced rents because they thought the Macys were charging them more than they were legally allowed to under the city’s rent control laws. I think it goes without saying that the Macys did not take kindly to this.
Prosecutors said the Macys broke into the tenants’ apartment last June and stole $2,000 in cash, a Gucci watch and a cell phone. The tenants, Erik Hernandez and Jason Lopez, later filed a lawsuit accusing the Macys of first changing the locks on the apartment, then illegally entering their unit and dismantling some of their furniture.
When Hernandez came home and confronted Kip Macy as the landlord was ransacking his apartment, Macy kicked him in the chest, the suit says. Threatening notes then started appearing at the tenants’ door, and the water was shut off after the Macys stopped paying the bill, the suit says.
In October, Nicole Macy broke into the apartment and poured ammonia on clothes, bedding and home electronics, prosecutors said.
What became of the Macys? They were “arrested … and charged with felony stalking, felony residential burglary, conspiracy and other counts … They posted bail after their arrest.” To read more, click here.
Update! It looks like they fled the country! Read all about it here.