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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Oops, He Did It Again: Serial Evictee 'Tenant From Hell' John Getzow Sued By Yet Another Landlord

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 8:30 AM

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Last year, SF Weekly's John Geluardi profiled the curious case of "Dr." John Getzow. It turned out that Getzow didn't have a license to practice medicine in this state -- but he did have a trail of evictions going back to the George H.W. Bush administration including at least seven litigated in San Francisco since 2002.

Well, you can chalk up No. 8.

Court papers indidcate Getzow was sued by yet another peeved landlord in March; a settlement hearing is scheduled for Wednesday and, barring a last-minute accord, a jury trial will start on May 11.

Geluardi's piece revealed a man who, apparently, racked up evictions the way some men acquired hunting trophies -- so it's a valid question of whether Getzow was unable, or merely unwilling, to pony up the $375 a week rate at the Balmoral Hotel Residence Club at 1010 Bush Street.

Unlike other landlords -- whom Getzow has taken for thousands of dollars -- the manager at the Balmoral served the serial evictee with a three-day notice when the tenant was $ 750 behind in rent. One wonders what Getzow does with all of his eviction notices.

Our calls to the residence club were not answered. It is unclear if Getzow, who is representing himself in this case, is still squatting in his room.

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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