I rented a home near San Diego State University from property manger/ landlord Starla Gload (aka Starla Godek, Starla Lynn etc.) for 2 years. I was discriminated against and singled out from my 3 other roommates and did not receive my security deposit back for over 6 months after move-out. After repeatedly trying to contact and receive my security deposit in return (as my roommates had 3 months after move out) I filed a small claims suit against Starla Gload and the individual I wrote out my rent checks to for 2 years, Joseph Gload.
Starla and Joseph did not show up to the the first court date and in their favor, the judge decided to re-schedule the hearing for no apparent reason. During the re-scheduled hearing, the two were again a no-show and the case proceeded without them and in my favor.
Over 60 days after the judgement credit in my favor was honored, Starla sent an appeal to the court to vacate the judgement. [continued below]....
..... This time around, Starla decided to show up, however she was alone. Thinking she could represent her 'minor' son, Joseph Gload, Starla Gload admitted to the court that Joseph was her son and not available to represent himself. The court did not buy this nor the motion to vacate the judgement and again the judgment was set to be paid to me plus the added interest.
For some reason in the state of California, defendants have a lot of leeway in small claims court and have the accessibility to drag on a judgment for a lifetime. I have spent over 11 months after moving out of this woman' property trying to get my security deposit back and at this point it is not about the money anymore.
This is not the first time Starla Gload has been sued, taken to small claims court and weaseled her way out of re-paying innocent college students their security deposits and sadly it probably won't be the last.
Please take this advice from an SDSU alumni that was taken advantage of by a fraudulent individual and her affiliates, she owns over 20 homes near the San Diego State University area where she only rents to college students.