BEWARE OF THESE HOUSING CROOKS: THE "FRY FAMILY" (Garden Grove)
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BEWARE OF THESE HOUSING CROOKS: THE "FRY MONSTER FAMILY"
WHO ARE THESE MONSTERS? They are a family of 6:
CHRIS FRY……………(husband, security guard supervisor, Hyatt Hotel, Garden Grove)
ALEXANDRA FRY…...(wife, tech nurse supervisor Long Beach Hosp, Kaiser Per. instructor)
AUSTIN FRY………….(adult son, a Disneyland cashier)
TAYLOR FRY…………(adult son, a Disneyland worker)
CHRISTIAN FRY……..(adult son, a waiter, Irvine Marriott Hotel)
And a minor
WHAT DID THEY DO?
* They OWE over $6,000 in rent
* They DESTROYED 3 bedrooms costing $5000 in damage
* They DESTROYED a bathroom
* They RAN UP the UTILITY BILL and refused to pay for it
* They ALLOWED continuous running water leakage in the bathroom
* They BARRED house inspection by the landlord to his own property
* They STOLE expensive men's clothing from a closet
* They STOLE an expensive microwave & kitchen pans
* They CALL the COPS at every twist and turn
I'm a landlord of a house in Garden Grove, California who had rented to a monster
slob family three furnished weekly rooms and they stopped paying rent in the summer,
owing over $6000 in back rent. Finally, after months of waiting for rent money, I served
them an official 3-day notice and they left, leaving over $5000 in property damages.
THE RUSE TO NOT PAY RENT:
The wife, Alexandra Fry, is a very tricky person who gave many excuses to not
pay rent. She gave the ruse that her paycheck arrived at the wrong address, or
was processed wrongly, or there was a change in paycheck procedures, and
loads of other excuses, anything to delay payment or not pay at all. These were
signs of a dishonest tenant, which I, unfortunately, didn't read it early enough.
* DAMAGE TO THE RENTAL ROOMS:
I eventually managed to get them out of my property, thank goodness. And, upon
room inspection, my jaw dropped. It was a total wreck, torn up like a tornado. Even
the bathroom was a wreck. They live in utter mess land with trash and food garbage
all over. The stench was awful. These people never clean up after themselves.
Walls were bashed, bathroom hardware were broken, and the hardwood floor ruined.
I scratched my head as to why they bashed holes in the walls, and for what good
reason? That family ran the A/C day and night, even when the night was cold.
There was a water leak in the shower which they had let run day and night for
months without reporting it. That water leakage totally damaged the hard wood
floors and walls, which a contractor had estimated to cost $5000 in repairs.
Having seen my place bashed up, I now know why the family had steadfastly refused
to allow me to check on the rooms. They claimed bogus privacy laws and said they'd
call the cops. (I didn’t know at the time that landlords had the right to inspect their
own property at any time with just a 24 hr notice and without having to give a reason.)
* HIGH UTILITY BILLS
They ran up the electric bill to $300/mo, the water bill to $150/mo, and the gas bill to
$150/mo (for hot water). That is a whopping $600/mo. in just utility bills alone from
them. And they won't pay any of it off.
* STOLEN EXPENSIVE CLOTHES and MICROWAVE
On top of it all, my old closet filled with expensive suits/hats were mysteriously gone,
ie., stolen. What did these creeps want with my size clothes, I wondered? Then I
remembered that the wife sells stuff online, but my belongings? They even took my
1700 Watt microwave and quality magnetic pots and pans. Thank-God they didn’t
take my 55” 4K TV. That’s because they broke it and kindly left it in disrepair.
WHAT WAS THEIR REASON FOR NOT PAYING RENT? RACISM
Curious, I asked them why they had refused to pay rent when they all have jobs. The
father responded with a racist blast saying "Listen, Ho Chi Minh, I am an American."
Is he saying no rent payment is a White privilege? Yeah right. I was dumbfounded as
he stood on my property uttering that. He had the effrontery to rob me of house rent
and then to curse me up on my porch. What barefaced audacity. He couldn’t even
have the courtesy to hurl his ethnic slur outside of my turf. That seven-foot thickhead
burly brute mistook me for a pushover frog from Vietnam. Not so fast. I have a lot of
fight in me. Definitely an arrogant blockhead, so low and boorish, and ignorant of my
ilk. I didn't unload a torrent of insults back to that trash-talker as his family was
moving their shabby goods out of my house---to my great relief. I was only too happy
to see those criminal squatters out, plus a spat with him will only delay his departure
and is not guaranteed to knock sense into that smelly dullard.
Yes, I originated from Vietnam, and Asians are generally a quiet loving people who
shuns making noise. They don’t embrace gimmicks like stiffening landlords, taking
off with landlords’ things, and spewing insults onto him on their way out. Unlike others
when it comes to rent payment Asians never leave landlords in limbo. They are
dutiful and prompt. Even if poor, they’ll sell their blood to pay rent.
I immigrated to the US as a child and freely roamed and scoped out half of the
country in my dad’s Ford Galaxie station wagon in the 1960s, long before that
half-wit was born. Heck, Broadway can cast me as the suave and dapper
Americana-in-Copacabana, more so than that clunk security guard and his
dingbat wife. Not only do those shacktown folks have utter disregard for
people’s property and belongings, but, now, add the Constitution too.
Initially, those ransacking vermin presented themselves as "We are a good Christian
family" and I bought their brag, unfortunately. Beware of that ruse. Real Christians
do not sing self-praises.
DO NOT RENT TO THAT MONSTER FAMILY !!!.
And thank you for reading my case.
ADVICE TO LANDLORDS
I got burned because I did not properly check out my tenants and I didn’t check on my
rental property regularly but I am still pursuing them in the courts. Do not trust any friendly
smiles. Swindlers have their tricks. I learned a lot about landlord issues but it was all too
late for me. Hopefully, you won’t follow my missteps. Do proper checks and you’ll save
yourself from lots of grief.
Someday when you land upon bad apple renters, you will have to evict them and the
courts are very particular about the info that will be needed, so maintain good record
keeping. Shoddy records will throw your case out the door. Landlords often win their
eviction case but collections are another game, so daunting that most housing lawyers
will not bother with it. To get the compensation you'll need plenty of solid info on your
slippery tenants as it can be a wild goose chase. So, when first meeting prospective tenants
do not be beguiled by their smiles or charm as that is their formula for masking their shady
background and outwitting you. Ask them promptly for critical information---in a polite
business manner when they don't suspect anything. If they feel the jitters, they are no
good. To spot zombies from renting your house then do the checklist below:
WHEN INTERVIEWING PROSPECTIVE TENANTS, ASK FOR THE FOLLOWINGS:
* DRIVER'S LICENSE…………….for police check on felony records
* SOCIAL SECURITY # …………..for collections to track for their bank account
* BANK ACCOUNT INFO………...for collections, it is critical to have this info. Tell
………………………………….….. them you need this info in case of a bounced check.
* CHECK CREDIT HISTORY……..Equifax, Experian, Transunion can check for fraud
……………………………………....Also, less known small effective credit bureaus like
……………………………………….for ID verification, credit reports and fraud prevention
* CURRENT EMPLOYER…………very important not only for verification but also collections,
……………………………………...for landlords can snitch on their employers as a bargaining
……………………………………….chip in case of no rent payments.
* CHECK PAST LANDLORD……..Call and check if tenants had paid rent on time.
* CHECK POLICE RECORDS……There are many police record checks available online
* HOUSE INSPECTION…………...legally landlords can serve tenants a 24 hr notice w/o
……………………………………....giving any reason. I suggest telling tenants at the outset
……………………………………....that there is regular housing inspection every 1-3 months.
* LATE RENT FEES……………….landlord can legally slap any late fee (from $5-$50/day)
……………………………………….Many weekly rental hotels charge $40-$50/day late fees
* TAKE VEHICLE INFO…………...Get tenant’s car info and license plate. Oftentimes tenants
……………………………………….will depart suddenly w/o notice leaving unpaid bills.
WHAT TO DO IF RENT IS LATE
* After 1 week of no rent payment, serve a 3-day notice to pay fully up or vacate.
Forms are online or at the courthouse. Don’t wait longer or you'll just be fooled,
(Many weekly rental hotels are so strict that they serve an immediate eviction
notice to any tenant that is even 1 day late on rent payment. They do this
because the court’s response can be slow.)
WHAT TO DO IF RENTERS DON’T VACATE AFTER A 3-DAY NOTICE
* If they don’t move out after the 3-day notice, serve the bastards official eviction papers
called the "Unlawful Detainer". The landlord must go to court and pay a $240 filing fee
(and $75 to the sheriff to hand-deliver it to them.) Tenants must pay $225 to the court to
get a hearing date. (There are fee waivers for indigent people w/ proof). California has
expedited the evictions process so tenants are removed within days. The Self-Help
center at the courthouse is helpful in explaining the process.
WHAT DOES WINNING A COURT EVICTION JUDGEMENT DO?
* It puts the tenants' name on national credit bureaus (banks always check
this before granting any loans). Their credit scores will be affected.
* It puts the tenants' name on landlord evictions list
* It puts back rent not paid to be increased 20% annually
* Don’t wine and dine yet as collections can be an impossibility. You'll then
need all the tenant's info and more (above) to collect on the judgment.
* You have 1 yr to file for collections after winning an eviction judgment.
* A landlord told me that he avoids court simply by demanding upfront
of prospective tenants to sign a vacant notice so that the landlord doesn't
have to take them to court if they get 1 day behind and can call the police
to remove them. When the cops come he simply shows them the vacant
notice that they had signed and the police escort them immediately off
* Govt tips on Collections: https://www.courts.ca.gov/1178.htm
IF YOU CAN’T COLLECT THEN WHAT TO DO?
There is no bigger frustrating job than trying to collect on back rents. Housing
lawyers shy away from collection litigations because there’s no money in that pursuit.
Bad tenants are just too good at hiding assets, moving away leaving no trace, or
other nifty moves. When you do finally corner the scoundrels' whereabouts they’ll
quickly file for indigent status so that the court can only compensate your weeps to
the tune of 7% of their monthly wages (which could take years to fully pay up)
---and then that is not before a whole year of fun litigation is done, and not before
court costs and attorney fees, you’ll be lucky to recoup 5% of your losses.
What to do then?
Try SHAMING THEM into paying up. Explain to them nicely that their job implicitly
demands high integrity and it behooves them to just pay up. If they are still deaf,
warn them that their job might be at stake if their boss catches wind of things. That
will perk them up but if they still don’t budge then go to their place of employment
and tell their boss what unethical people they have on their hands. Talk politely and
professionally. You don’t want to ever look like a panting angry confused chap. Then
maybe the boss will understand and may eventually join you to unload hell unto those
pathetic creeps. Hey, it beats sulking at home.
* Talking to the West Justice Court house self-help center (Garden Grove, CA)
* Talking to an Eviction lawyer (Garden Grove, CA)
* Talking to Eviction para-legals (San Diego, CA)
* Talking to several landlords (Orange County, CA)
* and checking-up the internet on government housing advice and other sites
BEWARE OF THESE HOUSING CROOKS: THE "FRY FAMILY"
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