• Report: #954356
Complaint Review:

Bill Gaffney

  • Submitted: Fri, October 12, 2012
  • Updated: Fri, October 12, 2012

  • Reported By: Report Bill Gaffney — Sausalito California United States of America
Bill Gaffney
44 Edwards Ave. Sausalito, California United States of America

Bill Gaffney William Gaffney "long list of Tenant's Rights violations" Sausalito, California

*Consumer Comment: The Gaffneys are the best landlords we've ever had.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Defense of report

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44 Edwards Avenue in Sausalito, CA is a beautiful spot with a beautiful view.  Unfortunately, William J. Gaffney and Virginia Lee Gaffney (Bill Gaffney and Ginny Gaffney), the owners and landlords make this property a living nightmare.
The Gaffney's live in 42 Edwards above the tenants in 44 Edwards Ave. and 44B Edwards Ave.

Bill Gaffney is the angriest and most hateful person anyone will ever meet.  Bill Gaffney treats tenants as if they were trespassing on his property instead of people who are paying thousands of dollars in rent and have the right to privacy and safety. Numerous Police reports have been filed with the Sausalito Police Department due his aggressive, threatening behavior. Bill Gaffney knows no barriers.

Bill and Ginny Gaffney enter the tenant's apartment when the tenants are not home and without permission.  Bill Gaffney verbally harasses tenants, blames tenants for damage that was actually caused by his shoddy work or lack of maintenance and withholds security deposits even when tenants have left the property in better condition than when they moved in.

Bill Gaffney is a terrifying landlord who possesses guns and is a member of the National Rifle Association.  He is old and grumpy and his main purpose in life seems to be to cause his tenants anguish and distress.  Bill Gaffney is Yosemite Sam.  There are plenty of great apartments in Sausalito, please do not get blinded by the gorgeous view and rent from these dishonest people full of rage.

Tenants have basic legal rights that are always present, no matter what the rental agreement or lease states. Bill Gaffney the landlord for 44 Edwards Ave Sausalito, CA 94965 habitually violates the following laws specified by the DCA (Department of Consumer Affairs):
  1. The Landlords right to enter the rental unit
  2. The right to a refund of the security deposit, or a written accounting of how it was used, and proof with receipts
  3. Retaliatory eviction
  4. Landlord's duty of good faith and fair dealing
  5. The Tenant's right to quiet enjoyment
  6. Landlord disclosure to Tenant that utility meters are shared

We have filed this report to help a future tenant avoid some of the damages we incurred during our 3 year tenancy.

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#1 Consumer Comment

The Gaffneys are the best landlords we've ever had.

AUTHOR: David - (USA)

Upon reading the complaint my first thought was "Wow, if you can't get along with the Gaffneys, you've got much bigger problems." We've been renting from them for two years and can honestly say they are the nicest, most generous and helpful landlords we've ever had. We are grateful to have them not just as landlords, but as neighbors. Reading such a vicious complaint made me want to jump to their defense immediately.

When we had trouble making a payment, they were flexible and accomodating and worked with us to find solution. When they had to do repairs, they offered us the use of their own home for a few days, and compensated us for the "inconvenience" with some nice wine. They bend over backwards to help their tenants and make them feel comfortable.

I just don't understand how anyone could have anything bad to say about the Gaffneys. Complaining that someone is "old", calling him "Yosemite Sam" and bringing up his other affiliations is completely beside the point, and says way more about the person complaining than it does about Bill. If this were a legitimate complaint there would be no need to resort to name calling and personal attacks.

Furthermore, I cannot understand why anyone would stay for three years if that's how they felt.  Would you renew a lease twice if you were terrified, anguished, distressed and felt the place was a living nightmare?  We certainly wouldn't. We can't know what prompted the complaint,  but we're pretty sure it is a gross misrepresentation of the facts. For all these reasons we find it hard to take this complaint seriously, and urge you to give the Gaffneys a chance and get to know them yourself before believing this ridiculous complaint.

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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Defense of report

AUTHOR: Bill - (USA)

 Defenseof report #954356

We came home from a dinner party to find our apartment engulfed in smoke.  Mike and Sarah had

built a fire in a brassier on their wooden deck, ten feet below our wooden deck.  

I barged into their apartment, without knocking, and yelled at them to douse the fire.

They were embarrased to be yelled at in front of their guests.  We then evicted them.

They also had an eighteen year old cat who became incontinent and damaged the carpeting

Hence, they had to replace carpeting

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