By Theresa Clift, Phillip Reese | Sacramento Bee
Shortly after purchasing a Hagginwood apartment building last year, Sacramento Councilman Sean Loloee evicted the tenants of all eight units, according to the property manager.
“The owner wanted to rehabilitate the units,” Frank Thornton of Second Chance Property Management told The Sacramento Bee earlier this week. “They got cleared out.”
Sometime in late 2022 or early 2023, the company delivered paperwork to the eight units informing tenants they needed to leave, Thornton said.
The reason was not due to nonpayment of rent or lease violations, he said. The council has been trying to decrease the number of evictions without so-called just cause in recent years, amid a worsening housing and homelessness crisis. In 2019 it passed a slew of new code sections intended to keep renters in their housing, called the Tenant Protection Program.
The code allows landlords to evict tenants for “substantial repairs,” but requires them to submit paperwork first, said Kelli Trapani, a city spokeswoman. The city did not receive that paperwork for the Lampasas Avenue apartments.
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