AU Landlords from hell threatened tenants with gun, cut holes in floor, stole their stuff, fled to Italy
Property Here - Friday, June 21, 2013
Nicole Macy and Kip Macy each pleaded guilty to two felony counts of residential burglary, one felony count of stalking and one felony count of attempted grand theft. Picture: San Franciso Police Department Source:Supplied
RECKON your landlord is bad?
You should meet Kip and Nicole Macy.
The married couple from San Francisco stole tenants' belongings, locked them out, threatened them with a gun, and even cut holes in the floors - while the tenants were still there.
No wonder prosecutors called them the "landlords from hell''.
The Macys went to these extreme lengths to drive tenants from a San Francisco apartment building and have pleaded guilty to several felonies.
Nicole Macy, 37, and Kip Macy, 38 - who fled to Italy after being indicted - threatened to shoot tenants, changed locks, cleared apartments of belongings and reported tenants as trespassers in their own apartments, prosecutors said.
One of the most extreme acts was to cut a hole in the floor while the tenant was at home.
"He actually saw the saw coming up and trying to saw through," Assistant District Attorney Kelly Burke told CNN affiliate KTVU.
The Macys also cut out sections of the floor joists.
Before making the cuts, Nicole Macy took the time to consult with a city building inspector to make sure she knew which beam to cut to make the building structurally unsound.
"They want to make it collapse," Ricardo Cartagena, a former property manager for the Macys, told CNN affiliate KGO.
They said it was all to drive renters out of their building in the increasingly pricey South of Market neighbourhood.
Rents have soared in recent years, but city restrictions keep them in check for existing tenants.
The Macys each pleaded guilty to two felony counts of residential burglary, one felony count of stalking and one felony count of attempted grand theft.
The crimes occurred between 2005 and 2007.
The Macys fled to Italy after their 2009 grand jury indictment. They reached a plea deal after they were extradited and will each be sentenced to four years and four months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for August.
The couple also threatened to have tenants deported, the district attorney's office said.
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