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The Landlord Hall of Shame aims to expose the worst landlords in California. The Hall of Shame is brought to you by Tenants Together, California's statewide organization for renters' rights.

Here's how it works: Anyone can suggest nominees or comment on suggested nominees. Based on your input and our research, Tenants Together will announce Official Nominees throughout the year. Annually, members of Tenants Together will vote to determine which of the Official Nominees should be inducted into the Hall of Shame.

Featured Nominee

Steve Pavlina ( Sunnyvale )

Steve Pavlina is the owner of the Remington Grove Apartments, a 200-unit complex in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County. Through an independent study that involved sending people of different ethnic backgrounds acting as prospective tenants, Project Sentinel determined that Pavlina steered prospective tenants of Indian origin away from Remington Grove Apartments' nicer and recently remodeled units. According to Phyllis Cheng, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing Director, "the department found compelling evidence that the landlord rented only less desirable apartments to tenants of Indian national origin." In 2008, Pavlina paid $100,000 to settle out of court. In March, 2010 a class action lawsuit was filed against Pavlina by a number of his former tenants alleging that he routinely fails to return security deposits. Pavlina is accused of charging excessive amounts for ordinary wear and tear, sometimes in excess of $3,000 to $4,000.