Virginia, East Hollywood. In East Hollywood a new landlord, Jeff Byrd, that recently acquired the property on 1333 N Edgemont uses unscrupulous tactics to empty out rent controlled buildings occupied by low income latinx immigrants. His tactic is to serve notices informing all the tenants to pay the rent at an address in Corona, so that tenants are forced to mail the rent rather than travel the many miles it will take to personally deliver the mail. The unsuspecting tenants then mail the rent using the common method of dropping their rent into a corner mailbox without a proof of mailing. Byrd then lies about not getting the rent. He then uses bully intimidation tactics to force all the tenants to sign buy out agreements, which includes telling these immigrant tenants that the sheriff will come lock them out (without due process) because they can’t prove they paid their rent. He has also used fumigation as an harassment tactic, which has become a common practice among bad-actor landlords. On the video one can see the landlord, Jeff Byrd, dancing while doing his tenant harassment business. Virginia is one of the only tenants left in this rent controlled apartment complex.
Tags: Virginia, East Hollywood, Housing justice Tenant harassment Rent control Evictions