Additional than 20 protesters, produced up of activists and tenants of the Sandpiper Residence Management Corporation, rallied outside its office environment Friday, admonishing the company’s deficiency of response to tenants on issues which includes mounting hire, incapacity accommodations, and renovations on decaying buildings.
“Sandpiper, disgrace on you! Repair service the plumbing! Correct the leaking roof! Improve the old carpets!” a refrain of tenants and area activists chanted, demanding any kind of response from their landlord. “Answer your e-mail! Reply your phone! Slum lords!”
The Santa Barbara Tenants’ Union organized and attended the protest on behalf of the numerous tenants who have complained to the union relating to Sandpiper’s management. Associates from the Santa Barbara branch of the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Financial state (Result in) also attended the event in support of tenants.
“Your tenants are your businesses,” David Herrera, campaign leader of the tenants’ union, shouted exterior the Sandpiper business building, which gave no signal of acknowledgement by means of its locked doorways and covered home windows. “The tenants fork out your salaries!”
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Henry Delgado and his sister have lived in their San Pascual condominium for about 10 many years, with the house not too long ago becoming obtained by Sandpiper. Delgado life on the second flooring and said he has been requesting a floor-flooring condominium for a several months now, stating climbing up to his condominium each individual working day is stress filled and bodily draining for him and his household. “We’ve been dwelling in our condominium for 10 decades and have been implementing for a floor-floor apartment considering that May,” Delgado claimed. “Two floor-ground residences have been out there and leased without us being notified or even thought of.”
Wendy Santamaria, organizer of the S.B. branch of Trigger, also attended as a form of assist to tenants, speaking about how the metropolis could do far more to stop renters from getting taken benefit of by predatory assets homeowners. Unless tenants have the time and the indicates to just take their landlord to court docket, Santamaria reported, there is basically no recourse for them.
“Remember when you’re sitting at house with your family, and you have foodstuff and a house,” mentioned Estella Montano, a Sandpiper resident who has complained for months that the staircase outside her household was crumbling and unsafe, “that you have it due to the fact of these folks here.”
The Impartial attained out to Sandpiper management for comment but been given no reaction ahead of deadline.
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