• Report: #542060
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Lani Properties

  • Submitted: Fri, December 18, 2009
  • Updated: Fri, January 22, 2010

  • Reported By: Homelessland Insecurity — Waianae Hawaii United States of America
Lani Properties
50 S. Beretania St., Suite C209 Honolulu, HI 9681 Honolulu, Hawaii United States of America

Lani Properties Tenants Fall Victim To Predatory Slumlords In Hawaii, Raid Style Forced Eviction Before Christmas, Loss Of Beloved Golden Dog, Catarina Cat & Nani Cat Honolulu, Hawaii

*Author of original report: Slumlords Lani Properties 20 Minute Surprise Evictions

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Lost wages, lives shattered, mental & emotional distress, lied to and betrayed by a property mismanagement company who has a mafia mentality.

Spring 2005 we began renting a 40's war era two bedroom one bath duplex. A dirt road ran through a back area off a main road, leading between housing resembling a town from the old west.

From day one we noticed the vinyl floors were worn and soft in places, and the bedroom rugs looked discolored and stained. The electrical outlet on the front porch burned out my expensive brand new tall sized mini refrigerator within only a few days after plugging it in.

The electrical outlet in the front bedroom fried a DVD player and a VCR, we were told not to put in an air conditioner even though our neighbor put in two of them anyway while we sweated from the hot heat for being foolish good tenants and losing for doing the right thing, his air conditioners always tripped out our breaker switch and power.

The water flow in the toilet became so bad, that you could no longer flush it without using buckets. A well known dump up the road was a local controversy, noisy uncovered trucks, some possibly containing toxic waste would bombard the two lane roadway as they passed.

Dirt and dust would collect on your furniture leaving you coughing and sneezing, this passed through your windows daily. The original resident manager who was a sensible old lady found people to maintain some of the property.

However when she passed, her son who was an alleged substance abuser replaced her, and it was almost an immediate time frame before the coin operated washer and dryers fell into disrepair, the outdoor washroom is closed and locked, even though to this very day they still advertise them as a working selling point when renting to new tenants.

There also was a house within 50 feet from us where some neighbors moved out three years back, management began to repair the front porch but never completing it, leaving it abandoned to match another decrepit house that appeared to have been abandoned for years, just on the other side.

There had been a few fires over the years with flames engulfing the parameters of the property, with only a fire trail preventing the houses from catching fire and blowing up the nearby propane tank. On two occasions we were running for our lives thinking we were going to be consumed by flames and smoke.

This could have also been the reason they couldn't seem to keep tenants very long at the house closest to the brush fire line. We were charged false late charges constantly but always proving that we paid on time for years until one day............

We started falling behind and the late charges became real, we fell behind when two different jobs stiffed me for my wages, and my wife's unemployment extension  may have saved us, yet a month had passed and there was still no word on it.

Our next door neighbor had just been evicted the day before, but for some reason was allowed more time to move than we were, he was still moving over 24 hours later. Now realizing our horrific fate, I frantically called Lani Properties to explain our predicament.

They would have been getting a payment this month, I had two new job opportunities and we were getting a loan to make a substantial payment. Dianne said she would talk to the owners but instead betrayed us like a snake, all over a place that had been vacant for at least a year before we had moved in.

Dianne had ask if I was at home now and quickly put me on hold, next the Sheriff appeared at our gate. We were told to get our belongings and clear out within 20 minutes, I was in complete shock, my complete life was crumbling before my very eyes, I was so nervous that I couldn't think, we were about to lose our beautiful pets, all of our furniture, many of our treasures and our entire garden that we depended on for extra food.

We did get a few hours, but with a borrowed car, massive packing, muddled thinking from confusion, fear and sadness, not knowing what to do with our pets that we loved with all of our hearts, we were an emotional wreck.

We were not even given 24 hours, in the same day we lost our beautiful pet named Golden Dog who was running loose around the neighborhood the last day, the other victim was Catarina Cat.

She was a black and tan cat that we had for six years and she had been with us in three different house moves, she was left laying on my white sports coat, just like the titanic going down with no one to save her, Nani Cat was another victim, she was left looking out the open window with the screens off so that they could escape.

Our pets were like our family, I miss them so very much, they were forcibly abandoned even though we called the Humane Society, we were not allowed to remain on the property the next day for the animals to be picked up, instead we were told by the Sheriff we would be arrested for trespassing if we returned.

I curse Lani Properties for the cold blooded demons that they are, and a homeless couple on the beach told us that they take partial payment from tenants and kick them out anyway leaving them stranded.

I hope someday the same thing happens to the gutter trash Lani Properties for all of the suffering they have caused my family and others. If you or someone you know has been a victim of these scum buckets, post it here.

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#1 Author of original report

Slumlords Lani Properties 20 Minute Surprise Evictions

AUTHOR: Homelessland Insecurity - (United States of America)

Here's an update to shed some light on the 20 minute eviction scam.

In June, six months previous to this event, we were served to go to court, however we had just made a payment and we had already sent the check.
Then, after contacting property management regarding this matter, we were then informed that there was no need to appear in court now, so we never even saw a judge to have an understanding of the process.

It is also interesting that the court date was a different date from what the sheriff had originally, I'm wondering if there was a reason for this.
Soon we were making frequent payments, however late fees and lawyer fees were tacked on to the total amount, this made it very difficult to catch up, considering the billing was including new fees every month, it no longer was easy to catch up, even though we made the regular full rent amount payments in a timely fashion.

The day we were kicked out was a complete shock and surprise, considering the fact we were comforted like the cow before the slaughter by Lani Properties, we were led to believe that we would have been given a chance to catch up, instead they wanted to milk us for every last dime until they could have us raided and our belongings plundered by their own team of greedy henchmen.

Again there was no warning to vacate the premises, not even the common human decency of 24 to 72 hours to pack and leave, instead it was just grab your junk Charlie, anything that's left will be taken or thrown out, good bye losers, see ya later there suckers, that's all!, that was the attitude of the property management anyway.

At the time the sheriff gave the 20 minute warning, the property management company had already preselected a moving company, maybe they are related or something, but they knew dam well we didn't have any money to pay them because Dianne was asking me on the phone the same day about how much I could pay towards the rent that same day, and if we had given them a nice chunk of money, I'm assuming that we were we going to get the boot anyway? YES THAT WAS THE PLAN.

The damages that we incurred include the loss of three beloved pets, we are still grief stricken because of it, plus we lost all of our furniture, most of our clothing including expensive suits and dress shoes that I can no longer afford to purchase, collectibles including signed rock star photos given to me, my dads World war two navy watch, rare comic books, hundreds of dollars worth of paints and tools used for my custom guitar projects, all purchased and paid for before we moved into their little slum hole, we didn't have a lot of rental options and we can't afford the jet set neighborhoods.

Also stolen from us were electronics including a nice stereo, several radios and two televisions, also family treasures, our wedding and family films and photos, cookware, glassware, silverware and much more.
Other financial losses that we suffered were, lost jobs opportunities since I earned my living at home on the internet and home setting business appointments.

All of my clients, associates and mainland friends have canceled their annual vacations including any golf or fishing tours after learning about what happened to us they are also telling their friends the same thing, instead they are looking at alternative destinations because they are so angry about the abuse that we experienced, some are even researching the laws to see what can be done about this kind of bad renting.

In conclusion we were told to pay the entire rent amount including all the lawyer fees and late fees combined, they could have had the balance paid in full on the very next paycheck because we were getting a loan to cover at least a good part of it, the greedy fools, we had no other bills, we lived on a shoestring and we stayed at home most of the time, my wife and I seldom ate out or anything, plus we rode the bus instead of driving.

I've been renting since 1987 and never have I had anything like this happen before, these were cruel and unusual circumstances, a 20 minute surprise forced eviction, we needed at least 24 hours to move all of our stuff, this has been nothing more than a theft of valuables and a death sentence for innocent animals, our pets could have been adopted, but you can't take dogs to a human homeless shelter, you can't take cat's with you to live on the beach.

This has been a horrific experience, we are still angry as hell, and we are telling everyone that we can to not rent from Lani Properties, so that others won't experience these hardships, if it takes an attorney, if it takes a protest, if it takes some political action to get the the laws changed, we will move forward, the citizens have a right to be protected from these corrupt companies, we the people need to expose the scoundrels if we want to prevent our rights from being trampled.
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