Thursday 9th of July 2020 07:45:06 PM GMT

Oakland City Attorney Sues Landlords King V. Chau, James H. Chau, Judy N. Chau

City of OaklandCity of Oakland
(Last Updated On: June 30, 2020)

City Attorney Files Tenant Protection and Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Local Landlords

Oakland, CA – On Thursday, May 28th, City Attorney Barbara J. Parker filed a lawsuit under the Tenant Protection Ordinance and state civil rights laws against three local landlords who forced tenants to live in potentially life-threatening conditions and attempted evictions through unlawful, discriminatory, and violent means.

“This case presents some of the most extreme harassment and exploitation we’ve encountered in our tenant protection actions,” said City Attorney Barbara J. Parker. “Defendants have behaved as if they are immune from the most basic rules of property ownership and management—flouting numerous city notices, exposing their tenants to hazardous conditions, locking residents out of their units, and resorting to violence to intimidate a tenant into leaving her unit once they learned that she is transgender. Defendants’ conduct is unconscionable, violates several local and state civil rights laws, and we will not tolerate this flagrant abuse in Oakland.”

Defendants King V. Chau, James H. Chau, and Judy N. Chau own and manage several properties in Oakland. Three properties—1130 East 11th Street, 1442 8th Avenue, and 1030 Foothill Boulevard—are the focus of this action. At each of these properties, Defendants rented out multiple unsafe, unpermitted units and subjected their tenants to horrific harassment. Collectively, the City has issued Defendants over thirty-five notices concerning code violations at the properties.

1130 East 11th Street is a single-family home that has been subdivided into three units. At one point, there were also two or three additional units constructed out of plywood and around an outhouse at the rear of the property. The City issued Defendants James H. Chau and Judy N. Chau, the owners of the property, at least five Notices of Violation concerning dangerous conditions on the premises—including lack of smoke or carbon monoxide detectors—before it caught fire in May 2018. At the time of the fire, an estimated sixteen residents—including children—lived in the building, which received stolen power directly from the street’s electrical pole through a jackhammered hole in the sidewalk. Although the City “red-tagged” the property and declared it unsafe to occupy, Defendants quickly made a number of unpermitted repairs to the building and re-rented the units. In November 2019, a second fire broke out at the property, and the City once again red-tagged the premises. Tenants reported that Defendants later locked them out of their units, refusing to allow them to retrieve their possessions.

1442 8th Avenue is a single-family home that contains at least thirteen sleeping rooms, including an illegally converted garage and an unpermitted detached structure at the rear of the property. In the main house, door openings have been sealed off to create separate rooms, showers have been installed in closets, and kitchens and bathrooms have been constructed without permits. Code Enforcement has issued Defendants James H. Chau and Judy N. Chau eighteen notices and sought three abatement warrants to address code violations at the property, including lack of heat, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke detectors; unapproved building, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical alterations; and extensive blight. The City has also received reports of appalling discrimination against a transgender tenant at 1442 8th Avenue. After Defendants learned that the tenant is transgender, they embarked on a campaign of intimidation to remove her from the property, locking her out of her unit, throwing away her possessions (including her medications and medical documents), and hiring knife-wielding men to threaten her into leaving. Earlier this year, Defendants sold the property without making any of the necessary repairs to bring it up to code.

1030 Foothill Boulevard, which is owned by Defendant King V. Chau, is a four-unit residential complex with at least two unpermitted units at the rear of the property. The City has documented numerous code violations at 1030 Foothill Boulevard, including lack of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a unit without a functioning toilet, and persistent blight on the premises. Since 2018, the Fire Department has responded to two fires at the property, which at one point contained an illegal marijuana growing operation. The tenants at the property are believed to have been without power since the second fire, which occurred in August 2019, and rely on generators or battery powered lanterns for limited electricity and light at night.

The City Attorney’s lawsuit asks the court to issue an injunction and appoint a receiver to correct the code violations at the property and halt Defendants’ harassment of their tenants. The lawsuit also seeks civil penalties, punitive damages, and fees, to be determined by the court.

This case was filed by the Neighborhood Law Corps as part of City Attorney Parker’s Housing Justice Initiative. Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker launched the Housing Justice Initiative to significantly expand work protecting vulnerable tenants in Oakland’s diverse neighborhoods and holding abusive landlords accountable.

Post based on press release from City of Oakland to Zennie62Media Oakland News Now @OaklandNewsNow is by Zennie62Media, Inc. with CEO Zenophon Abraham AKA Zennie62 YouTube Oakland News Now Commentary Vlog YouTube Partner, Oakland California blogger / vlogger Zennie Abraham @ZennieAbraham . Hire @Zennie62Media, Inc to tell your story.

Zennie62Media uses smartphones enabling our 98-blog network, specially-made blogs, website, social media platforms covering politics, news, sports, and tech, @Oaklandcitynews, Oakland City Council, North Oakland, East Oakland, Montclair, Adams Point, Uptown Oakland food culture, BBQ Becky Dr. Jennifer Schulte , Jogger Joe Henry Sintay, Oakland crime news, Bank of America loans, COVID-19 updates, homeless news, SF Bay Area news, Oakland artists, @breakingnewsbayarea, Emeryville, Atlanta news, Chevron Ecuador, Steven Donziger, Fayetteville GA news, @FayettevilleGA Fayette County Georgia, San Francisco news, San Jose news. Also, Academy Awards / The Oscars entertainment,Tom Hanks, Skyline High School, Oakland Sports, Oakland Panthers, Oakland Coliseum, Honda of Oakland, Oakland Arena, Oakland Raiders, Las Vegas Raiders, Las Vegas Stadium Construction, Allegiant Stadium, NBA, NFL, NFL Draft, NFL Combine, CES Las Vegas tech, San Diego Comic Con sci-fi. @GrandLakeTheater @LasVegasHotels, Penny Dreadful City of Angels, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Zennie62Media has content development and online reputation management clients like Insight Terminal Solutions @InsightTerminalSolutions and The Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal, with California Capital Investment Group Managing Partner Phillip Phil Tagami @PhilTagami co-developer, @JohnSiegel John Siegel as ITS CEO exposing coal and Oakland fake news. Zennie62 has helped Maria Ayerdi Kaplan @MariaAyerdiKaplan, developer of Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco, Kofi Bonner, and Flowsent capture the Oakland Cannabis Delivery Dispensary @OaklandCannabis market with fitness model female bodybuilder Laura Ehlen and weedmaps help. We’ve partnered with CoLoursTV, CNN, YouTube, Google, NBC, Vice, Oakland Post / Post News Group, Landis PR, and other media organizations. Competition: The SF Chronicle, Las Vegas Review Journal, East Bay Express, Oakland Tribune, Oakland Voices

Zennie62 interviews celebrities like Lars Frykman, Bill Boyd, Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray, Raiders Owner Mark Davis, Raider Legend Raymond Chester, Brianna Noble, NY Giants Owner John Mara, @SportsTalk Tony Bruno, Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg, Oakland City Charter, Henry Sintay Oakland’s “Jogger Joe”, Cam Newton, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Tanis Parenteau, Scott Kidd, Actors Richard Dreyfuss, Lou Ferrigno, Lindsey Vonn hot legs, Blake Neely, SDCC’s David Glanzer, Publicist Edward Lozzi. Topics like Oakland Apartment rents, WordPress, CVS Mail Order and Pharmacy, Kaiser Permanente, Rosa’s Home Cooking Restaurant, Oakland Community Kitchens, Lukas Oakland, Maria Alderete, The Studio Cafe, Black Lives Matter, Oakland hangman noose problem, Rayzin Schnitzer 11th Street Diner Miami, George Floyd Protests, Oakland City Charter, @OaklandCityCouncil, Mountain View, CA, London, England, Moscow, Russia, blacks in tech, Tackett Bartlett LLP @TackettBartlettLLP, Jameis Winston, Pinewood Studios Atlanta, Jeff Miller, Joceyln Moore, Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, Regina Jackson, Barry Donelan, Yanqing Ye, UC Berkeley, NFL Owners Meeting, NFL Annual Meeting, Eli Lilly Coronavirus COVID-19 vacine, Summit Bank Oakland, Bank of America, Oakland protestors arrested, Juneteenth Rally, Len Raphael, Southern Evangelical Seminary, Richard Land, Mike Hutchinson Oakland

Indeed, airbnb, pinterest, credit karma, southwest airlines, mcdonalds, united airlines, drudge report, astros, 49ers, frontier airlines, tractor supply, warriors, alaska airlines, buffalo wild wings, horoscope, shein, raiders, uhaul, ted bundy, nba finals, michaels coupon, cheesecake factory, golden state warriors, kevin durant, realtor com, stephen curry, walgreens photo, drudge, facebook sign in, funny memes, hbo go, hbo now, oakland raiders, vistaprint, braves, san francisco 49ers, monday night football, newegg, travis scott, zion williamson, kohls coupons, lands end, nancy pelosi, kohls coupon, hotwire, kamala harris, harry potter, giants, craigslist sf, california earthquake, boston weather, las vegas weather, sf giants, san francisco weather, san francisco, los angeles weather, lord and taylor, jimmy garoppolo, hawaiian airlines, detective pikachu, clint eastwood, bed bath and beyond coupon, abercrombie, pewdiepie, sfgate, sc lottery, san diego weather, san antonio weather, southwest flights, pikachu, golden state, myatt, just mercy, french open, colourpop, cam newton, anna kendrick, klay thompson, harbor freight coupon, robin williams, portland weather, phoenix weather, north carolina, macbook, how, bath and body works coupon, googleflights, daytona 500, daily horoscope, ashton kutcher, andrew luck, alamo drafthouse, 49ers schedule, trump tweets, thanksgiving, UME Yofa, Saba Moeel, How to, What is, How do I, What do I, Who is?

Also Pat Abraham Yerger, Patricia Yerger, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf @LibbySchaaf, Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas, Dan Kalb of District 1, Loren Taylor, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Sheng Thao, Noel Gallo, Robert Bobb, Rebecca Kaplan, Larry Reid, Tech Entrepreneur Sarah Lacy, Personal Trainer Megan Avalon Buffed Barbie, Social Media Pioneer Marc Canter, SF Mayor London Breed, Scott McKibben, CA Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, Schools Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Berkeley Councilmember Ben Bartlett @BenBartlett, Raiders Charles Woodson, 49ers Jerry Rice, Grand Lake Theater Oakland Owner Allan Michaan, Irvine City Manager John Russo, Guy Fieri, Oakland CAO Edward Reiskin, Raiders Coach Jon Gruden Running Back Josh Jacobs, Stanford HC David Shaw, Tri Ngo, Atlanta Falcons Coach Dan Quinn, Michael Mina, NFL Draft Mr. Irrelevant Head Melanie Fitch, Paul Satala. Subscribe to Zennie Abraham’s @Zennie62 YouTube Channel, today!

About the Author

Roger Robarts
I am that rare breed: a blogger, and I don't mean micro.  Follow me on Twitter: Roger Robarts

Ben Bartlett Berkeley Councilmember Introduces “Safety For All: George Floyd Community Safety Act

Councilmember Ben Bartlett, Coalition App For City Of Berkeley Virtual Town Hall April 22nd, 2020

Oakland News Now Recent Blog Posts