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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Landlord Violates Rent Control -- With 'Large Knife'

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge I've got your Ellis Act right here...
  • I've got your Ellis Act right here...
Virtually every San Franciscan has his or her own landlord horror story. It may involve bogus move-in evictions, rent-gouging, or even housing the landlord's mentally imbalanced son in the apartment next door, where he plays the bongos for hours on end to stave off the troubling breakdowns in which he breaks the furniture and smashes the windows.

Well, a Bernal Heights tenant can top all that. On Monday, the police were called to the 700 block of San Jose Avenue to intercede in a landlord-renter dispute that culminated when "the landlord wielded a large kitchen knife at the tenant and threatened to kill the tenant."

This, we believe, would qualify as both a rent control violation and wrongful eviction. 

The tenant decided that this was not the time to make a stand for renters' rights, and fled the confrontation. He or she called police, who arrested the landlord  on aggravated assault charges.

Insert your own Paul Hogan "that's not a knife ... that's a knife" joke here.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

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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