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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.
Frank St. Clair ( Bakersfield )
Frank St. Clair, the managing broker for the Bakersfield-based Bella Vista Real Estate, LLC, has evicted numerous tenants after foreclosure in direct violation of their rights under the federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA). Mr. St. Clair denies that his tenants are protected by the federal law. According to Mr. St. Clair, "I am not the foreclosing entity, I'm a third party and therefore I don't have to honor a lease." Mr. St. Clair's position is 100% wrong. The PTFA applies to both banks and private investors, stating that "in case of foreclosure... any immediate successor in interest in such property pursuant to the foreclosure shall assume such interest subject to" the existing lease. Bella Vista Real Estate, LLC is clearly subject to the PTFA, having acquired at least 30 foreclosed properties at trustee sale from October 2009 to May 2010.