Illegal Renting Continues on Captain Nurse Circle, But Now (Maybe) There is Some Action…

UPDATE 10/09/15

I just received a very nice follow-up email from Eric Lucan, Novato City Council Member. He was checking on the status of this situation and wondered if the City had been in contact with me yet… Thanks so much Eric for all your concern and support! I informed him that Bob Brown had just emailed me about the upcoming November 17 meeting information…

How fortunate I am to have these City of Novato officials on my side… It sure feels good to know that the City of Novato is taking care of Meadow Park! And BTW, you have my vote for sure Eric…I like what you do and I agree with you too!

UPDATE 10/08/15

I just received the best email from Bob Brown, Community Development Director for the City of Novato.  Here is what Mr. Brown told me:

Ms. Angel:

I received a forwarded copy of your recent e-mail regarding the renting of affordable housing units at Meadow Park.  City staff, along with Hello Housing, have been continuing to receive homeowner/occupant verification information from the great majority of homeowners, but there are some who have not replied and may be actively renting their units.  We are pursuing final investigative steps to obtain sufficient evidence to initiate legal proceedings for those we believe are in violation of their purchase documents.  We will describe our enforcement process and timeline at the next HOA meeting on November 17, 2015.

Bob Brown

Community Development Director

UPDATE 09/22/15

Received this email information just now from Matt Warner, Program Manager at Hello Housing:

“Regarding the enforcement of owner occupancy in Meadow Park, we have established an approach to take with out of compliance homeowners in partnership with the City and will be publicizing our efforts in the next few weeks.”

UPDATE  09/19/15

Just had a nice stop by visit from Eric Lucan. He was distributing his re-election flyers door to door and rang my doorbell. I was happy to finally meet him in person and hear what he had to say… He told me that he did forward our emails to the City Manager’s office.. That is a very good thing!

Now there will be some action toward correcting this situation… Inactivity is a thing of the past… Because Eric took a genuine interest in my concerns, we will see legal actions occurring … And I know Eric will do a fabulous job when he is re-elected for Novato City Council…

UPDATE 09/14/15

Just had some emails and a phone conversation with Eric Lucan, Novato City Council Member, regarding this problem…I told him that I have not seen any legal follow-up as of yet, and I still see illegal renting continuing on Captain Nurse Circle…

He is definitely looking into it since the city council did authorize Hello Housing to intervene last October.. He is going to let me know what is happening right now… Thank You Eric!

I still have not heard back from Matt Warner of Hello Housing.

UPDATE 09/07/15

Just received that very nice looking newsletter from Hello Housing stating that renting is not allowed here in Meadow Park…Well, I am still seeing illegal renters living on  my street…Where is the legal action I was told would happen four months ago from Matt Warner of Hello Housing?  I am not seeing any legal action…. Apparently, there are 3% of responses still not received by Hello Housing regarding owner occupancy… And I know why… That 3% are the homeowners still renting their townhouses illegally because they are not being stopped

That is what is currently happening…Many of those homeowners own townhomes right here on Captain Nurse Circle… It is like this little negative sub-community that has set up illegal renting and this activity is being enabled to take place….

The City of Novato and Hello Housing are not doing anything about it…. Wait and wait for nothing to happen…I see the illegal renting activity going on all the time and document it here on my community blog. That way the public can know what is really going on here in Meadow Park.. This problem remains a big mess and has not been addressed legally at all! How long does it take for something to change here? A year longer? Five years? What is the wait for? Why is there illegal activities still happening all the time? Why? Today, I emailed Matt Warner again to get an update and no response…

UPDATE 05/11/15

Today I received an email from Matt Warner at Hello Housing.

This is his email response :

from: Matt Warner <matt@hellohousing.org>
to: Julia Angel <firsthealer@gmail.com>
date: Mon, May 11, 2015 at 11:16 AM
subject: Re: Update regarding illegal renting issues: Meadow Park, Captain Nurse Circle
: Important mainly because it was sent directly to you.
Hello Julia, 
 
The City has identified a number of potential renters and we’re currently doing further investigation to determine where the owners reside. We anticipate to have enough evidence to take action in the second half of this year. 
 
Thank you for your inquiry. 
Matt Warner 
Program Director 
Hello Housing 

That is the latest information available about the illegal renting happening on my street: Captain Nurse Circle. The good news is that it is being actively investigated and dealt with this year! And that knowledge should improve our home property values even more!

You will only read about this here on my blog. The Meadow Park Board of Directors and management do nothing about this and never talk about it at any board meetings…. I hope this sends a severe warning to the renters and Owners who rent in our Meadow Park community. Beware! You are not being over-looked anymore. The City of Novato is aware of your illegal renting activities and is following through legally now…. And the proof is right here on my blog. I just posted Matt Warner’s email.. I do not paraphrase or change his words…I just post the email in its entirety and therefore I cannot be blamed for making false claims..

Thank You Matt Warner for responding to me in a timely manner. I am sure your efforts at Hello Housing and the City of Novato are going to be very powerful to change the renting problems here in Meadow Park…

We are not a rental community.. We are a community of Home Owners!. We could not qualify for a home here based on a renter giving us income.. Our CC&Rs prohibit renting of any kind…Our CC&Rs govern us.. We have more restrictive rules than the City of Novato.. We are protected from renting situations by our CC&R 3.2…

3.2 Owner Occupancy Requirement and Renting.

Pursuant to the terms of the Affordable
Housing Covenant, Resale Restrictions and Option to Purchase Agreement (the Resale
Restrictions Agreement), the Non-Transitional Housing Condominiums must be Owner-occupied
and may not be leased, subleased, or otherwise rented.

Now that this problem has been brought out in the open (by me) it is being dealt with by the proper authorities..

That is the truth…

This blog post regarding illegal renting will be updated as necessary during the coming year..

UPDATE 05/07/15

It is hard to believe that this much time has passed since I first posted about this problem.  It has though and I decided this week to find out what was really going on here… I still see the illegal renting activities going on unabated.. It seems like nothing has been done to stop it…But maybe there is some progress and I would like to post about there…

So I sent Matt and Mardie at Hello Housing a new set of emails to try to see what if any progress has been made. I have not received a response from either of  them…

That is not good of course.. Hello Housing is the agency that is supposed to oversee this problem and make sure it is corrected… But so far, no response from either one of them. I made a note here today because I am trying to follow-up on these illegal renting issues since no one else is doing this….

The illegal renting problems go on and on…Property values go down when this happens.. It is not a good situation here on Captain Nurse Circle….

I hope to hear from one of them soon….


Original Post 08/21/14:

I have not heard any more from Matt Warner of Hello Housing. He assured me that he was working with the City of Novato to deal with this problem. Well, the problem continues over one month later. The wrong people are here on my street walking around with their assistant acting as if they belong here. The white buses still come and go as if it is OK. It is not OK. I still see foster teens everywhere. How did this happen? Who is allowing our renting restrictions to go on unchecked.The Meadow Park Board of Directors is allowing this mess to go and on….

I emailed Matt Warner again after talking to another Owner here on Captain Nurse Circle last night because I can tell nothing has changed for the good. I am not happy. I am really disgusted. I am thinking a court action may be necessary if things do not change soon…

Here is my email today 08/21/14 back to Matt. He last emailed me on July 18. His email is: matt@hellohousing.org

Hello Matt,

It was over one month ago that you replied to me about the illegal renting situations on my street: Captain Nurse Circle in Novato. It continues Matt. I am disgusted to still see these DD people being picked up in those big white buses everyday! I am also disgusted to see them being walked around my street with their assistant acting like they are supposed to be living here. I am just giving you the most recent update possible.
I hope you can start notifying these derelict owners about their illegal activities. I am sick of them getting away with it….There is another Owner on my street too who has illegal rental concerns. Her name is Corrine Mills and she said she spoke to you about this at the meeting you had here in Meadow Park a few months ago. But she has not heard anything else either and still sees the illegal renting problem persist. Do we have to go to court to get this settled properly? I hope not. 
Please, do something now and inform me what is going on. I am blogging about this on my blog site so that Owners know what is really being done this time to get rid of the illegal renting problem…It is still totally out of control
Thank you again, 
Healer Julia Angel
Owner, Meadow Park Community
44 Captain Nurse Cir  Novato, CA 94949

Owners: if you are experiencing this particular problem in your neighborhood, please let me know and I will post it here on the blog. Also, Matt Warner needs to know too, so email him directly: matt@hellohousing.org.

Otherwise, nothing will ever be done about it… unless we go to court as a group and get rid of the problem entirely….