D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is suing Bethesda-based Landlord Sanford Capital LLC, alleging the company is forcing tenants at Shipley Apartments on Savannah Street, SE to live in “unsafe and unsanitary” conditions.
This is the second suit against the company. Back in January, the Attorney General filed suit after inspectors found 129 code violations.
So far, the company only fixed four deficiencies. Their deadline was back in April.
The 14 residents who are now left in the four buildings on Alabama Avenue know the area is ripe for redevelopment with the city announcing plans for the nearby Saint Elizabeth’s. However, they are staying put and continuing to fight – with the help of the Attorney General.
“They are getting away with murder,” said Dwayne Jameson. “They raise the rent for don’t raise the living conditions. But we have some good people working with us and we are fighting. This is not over.”
We called Sanford Capital LLC. Property Manager, Erica Hanson, had no comment.
We stopped by their Bethesda based office and they refused to answer the door. The Attorney General’s civil suit will head to DC Superior Court within 30 days. A judge will determine whether the city can put the property into receivership and remove all powers from the landlord.