Oakland tenants displaced from New 12 months’s Eve flood protest at landlord’s dwelling

(BCN) — A gaggle of tenants who’ve been displaced for greater than half a yr from an East Oakland condominium complicated protested at their landlord’s Oakland dwelling on Sunday morning. Tenants at Oakland’s Coliseum Connections condominium constructing had been displaced after a flood on New 12 months’s Eve rendered it uninhabitable.

Injury from the flood occurred primarily within the storage space, however the constructing additionally sustained injury to {the electrical} system. Tenants have been shuffled from resort to resort, with some households sharing one room and not using a kitchen, in accordance with a press launch from the Coliseum Connections Tenant Affiliation, which works alongside the native tenants union Tenant and Neighborhood Councils. About two-thirds of the residences’ households have youngsters.

“We aren’t staying in resort rooms for pleasure,” mentioned Faviola Abendano, a Coliseum Connections tenant within the press launch. “There’s solely a lot a 9-5 job can cowl.”

The affiliation is asking upon the CEO of UrbanCore Improvement LLC, which owns Coliseum Connections, Michael Johnson, who they allege is answerable for the prolonged displacement. In response to a Metropolis of Oakland press launch from April 2019, Johnson acquired over $24 million in public funds to construct the Coliseum Connections condominium constructing.

Alameda County and the Metropolis of Oakland have spent greater than $4 million to restore the constructing thus far. In a letter delivered to Johnson in June, tenants outlined his alleged negligence in addition to their calls for.

They requested for a 60-day displaced fund for each reasonably priced and market-rate tenants within the Coliseum Connection constructing, per Oakland Municipal Code 15.60, which states that an proprietor should present relocation funds and help for tenants who’re displaced as a consequence of compliance with constructing, housing and fireplace codes.

Half of the items on the condominium constructing situated close to the Coliseum BART station pay market fee for his or her items whereas the opposite half pay beneath market fee. Tenants additionally demanded that timelines for relocation be prolonged, as the present follow of providing 21 days to residents is “too in need of a timeline and is inflicting stress,” the letter learn.

As an alternative, they requested for Johnson to offer a relocation plan that gives a minimum of two months for tenants to determine and extra general help for transferring. Transparency in regards to the work being performed on the Coliseum Connections constructing is one other one of many tenants’ calls for.

Johnson, the affiliation alleged, lately pushed again the time for accomplished repairs till August or September. Tenants additionally visited Johnson’s home on June 18 at hand ship their letter, which they recorded and posted at

The affiliation requested for a response from Johnson by June 30, and though he acknowledged receiving the letter, he has not but answered. Johnson didn’t reply to request for touch upon Monday.

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