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Today, Tenants Together, California's statewide organization for tenants' rights, nominated Stellar Management to its Landlord Hall of Shame. Stellar Management owns and operates large scale rental apartment communities across the United States, including the 3,200 unit San Francisco-based Parkmerced complex. Stellar is seeking to demolish over 1,500 units of sound rent-controlled housing at Parkmerced.
Tenants Together is California's statewide organization for renters' rights. Its Landlord Hall of Shame, online at http://hallofshame.tenantstogether.org, is designed to expose the worst landlords in California and to make sure that their actions do not go unnoticed.
Stellar Management has obtained, by a narrow 4-3 vote, the San Francisco Planning Commission's approval to redevelop Parkmerced. Under the proposal, thousands of tenants would be displaced from their homes. The project, which involves mass demolition and an estimated 30 years of construction, would disrupt this working-class rental community of approximately 8,000 residents. Tenants overwhelmingly oppose the demolition plan, and are joined by preservationists and a broad array of community leaders.
According to Dean Preston, Executive Director of Tenants Together, "Stellar Management is being nominated to the Landlord Hall of Shame because of its callous and ill-conceived plan to clear-cut the affordable rental homes of working class residents at Parkmerced. Stellar has a lot of nerve even proposing this project."
All California tenants can suggest nominees for the Landlord Hall of Shame by going to http://hallofshame.tenantstogether.org. Based on the information submitted and its own research, Tenants Together announces Official Nominees throughout the year. Annually, members of Tenants Together vote to determine which of the Official Nominees will be inducted into the Hall of Shame. In 2010, Tenants Together's members selected landlords Donald Sterling and David Taran (Page Mill Properties) into the Hall of Shame.
Tenants Together Program Coordinator, Gabe Treves, manages the Landord Hall of Shame. According to Treves, "we hope that through the Landlord Hall of Shame, California tenants can shine a public spotlight on bad landlords and deter their future misconduct."