The latest from the drawn-out, soap-opera-worthy Wilshire Village kick-’em-out festival: A source tells Swamplot that owner Matt Dilick’s Commerce Equities has informed a tenant that electricity for the 8-acre complex will be turned off on March 28th.
Plus: complaints about what our source terms the “psychological warfare” waged against the remaining residents of the complex on Dunlavy and W. Alabama:
[Dilick] has never identified himself as the owner or contacted [any of the residents]. An army of COH inspectors was here as well as the Fire Marshal touring the property with Jay Cohen, to whom [residents have] paid rent for 20 years. Now [the complex has been] papered with fire hazard and code violation signs. It preys on your mind. Why can’t Dilick say he’s the owner and give . . . a proper eviction notice? Guess it’s cheaper to scare [them] out.
The source also claims a city representative had instructed residents not to pay rent for March, but also told them they could be evicted with only 24 hours notice. And then there’s a little rumor Swamplot’s source has heard — that the place will be bulldozed on March 29th.
But back on February 28th — the eviction date referred to in the original notice Dilick sent out — Commerce Equities’ property director offered to pay $500 (or $250 per person per unit) to residents, and also pay for company-selected movers to transport residents’ belongings to a new home within the Houston area — provided the residents agreed to move by March 27th, and sign a document that “releases and discharges Owner in full and waives any and all right or claim.”
More evidence of the screwy state of landlord-tenant relations in the dilapidated complex: The release form refers to residents as “reported occupants.”
According to Swamplot’s source, most of the less-than-2-dozen “reported occupants” have agreed to the offer — but a few others have so far not signed the form.
- Wilshire Village coverage [Swamplot]
Photo of Wilshire Village Apartments: Katharine Shilcutt Gleave