The ink was barely dry on Alameda’s unanimously approved rent increase and eviction moratorium when all tenants of the Bayview Apartments, a 34-unit complex at 470 Central Ave. in Alameda, were told they were being kicked out. On Nov. 7th, residents at Bayview Apartments were given notices of termination of tenancy telling them all to move out by January 8, 2016, forcing them to pack up their homes over the holiday season and disrupting the education of some 16 students in the middle of the school year.
Sridhar Equities of San Jose, owner of the complex for less than a month, said in the notice that tenants needed to leave their homes so they could “perform work on the building.” The notice was given despite the fact that the new owner hadn’t even applied to the city for permits for construction at the 470 Central Avenue address according to city officials. Sridhar did repost notices on Veteran’s Day changing the move-out day to Jan. 11, assumedly to avoid conflict with the city’s new 65-day moratorium on evictions. Vietnam Veteran Mike Sabo, a resident of Bayview Apartments, said that getting that notice was “like a spear in the heart.”Alameda Renters Coalition demands, on behalf of the families and residents at 470 Central Avenue, that Sridhar Equities withdraw all termination notices. Essential repairs on the apartments can be done with tenants remaining in their homes. The Coalition will hold a press conference Saturday, November 14, 2105 at 2:00 PM at the apartment complex with the families of the Bayview Apartments in attendance.
“This tight-knit community, where most children attend school next door at Paden Elementary School, is in danger of being completely torn apart,” said Catherine Pauling, spokesperson for Alameda Renters Coalition. “Sridhar is just using this as a smokescreen for evictions to get immediate high market rates. This callous disregard for Alamedan families is not acceptable to our community and demonstrates why renters need protections”