February 21, 2013 Property Owner DURAZNO LLC PO BOX 1208 KINGSLAND, TX 78639-1208 Dear (Absentee Landlord): This

letter is a formal complaint against your duplex rental property located at Wyoming Street, San Antonio, Texas. As your neighbor, I have tried on numerous occasions to resolve the persistent issues related to that property with your office, your manager, your tenants, their subtenants and their guests, but have been unsuccessful. It is my hope that this letter serves to alert you and the authorities to the problems of that property, which continue to have a negative effect on the neighborhood in which it is located. Noise Ordinance The tenants in both units of the property continue to violate municipal ordinances on a daily basis. The San Antonio police have responded to numerous complaints regarding excessive noise, usually caused by the young male occupants’ habit of playing high-base hip hop music from their cars parked in the driveway and in front of the house. There is constant traffic of vehicles, all playing the same booming, thumping music, descending at all hours of the day and night. The noise reaches every corner of the inside of my home. As I work from my home office, I am unable to escape this annoyance and have lost valuable work hours to this distraction. It has negatively impacted my enjoyment of my own home in a profound way. Overcrowding The house at Wyoming Street is overcrowded. The current real occupancy exceeds even the most liberal occupancy limits and that overcrowding contributes to and creates other problems for other residents of the area. For instance, the overcrowding causes the adult males of the house at Wyoming Street to convene outdoors and because their music is played outdoors in their vehicles, we lose the buffering qualities that exist when people play their own music in their own homes. Secondly, the amount of garbage generated from that many people living in such a small place exceeds the capacity of the city receptacles provided for that property. Garbage and debris from that home invariably spill over into other people’s yards and empty lots, causing the entire neighborhood to look unkempt. Third, there is not enough parking for the vehicles of the tenants. As a result, tenants park their cars on the yard’s grass, creating a fire hazard and again detracting from the general appearance of the neighborhood. It is against city ordinances to park vehicles in the grass. Fire Hazards The house is a prime candidate for fire. Studies show that overcrowding conditions in socioeconomically disadvantaged households correlate directly to enhanced fire risks. Given that the house is overcrowded, is home to several smokers, is a wood-framed

house located next to other wood-framed structures, and various social pathologies can be identified there, the house poses a fire risk to all of the homes in its vicinity. At the same time, at least one person in the home is confined to a wheelchair, which makes mitigating these dangerous factors of the utmost importance. It is very unsettling living next to a tinderbox. Housing Authority As I am aware, the property is licensed with the San Antonio Housing Authority as a Section 8 property. Section 8 properties are supposed to be managed under a high standard “in order to provide for decent, safe and sanitary conditions in all subsidized homes.” It is also important to make sure that the Section 8 program is not perceived as a detriment to any neighborhood. At the same time, SAHA itself has occupancy limits based on the approved family members eligible to live in a Section 8 property. Those limits are being violated at the house on Wyoming. I know of several people who have complained to SAHA about this and who are becoming quite committed to taking SAHA to task for allowing these sorts of living conditions in a Section 8 property. It was never the intention of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to bring down the living conditions of the neighborhoods where HUD-funded housing exists, and every effort should be made to ensure that that is not the outcome. Additionally, the HUD Inspector General considers it a fraud to have people not on the lease living at a HUDfunded property. Drug Activity I have personally witnessed visitors to the property smoking marijuana on the front lawn. This is criminal activity to which any landlord should have a no-tolerance policy. Particularly galling is that the people I have seen smoking marijuana on the property do not –or should not- live at the property. Drug dealing and other criminal activity contributes to a neighborhood’s vulnerability and has a detrimental impact on the residents’ quality of life and well-being. When a particular property is the source of repeated criminal activity, and the owner has failed to take reasonable steps to stop the activity, a nuisance abatement lawsuit can be initiated against the property owner. Under federal RICO laws, a property linked to federal drug crimes can actually be confiscated by the government. You may not live in this neighborhood, but you can be held responsible for what happens here. Conclusion None of the people who live at Wyoming Street are bad people and it is not my intention to denigrate them in anyway. But at the end of the day, I own my home, and have continued to make substantial investments in it. I love my neighborhood and have invested thousands of hours to improving its livability. Many, many residents work tirelessly to improve the neighborhood in a myriad of ways and continue to work closely with various city agencies to affect that change, from the code enforcement department to the SAPD. Many people are moving to the neighborhood because of its historic nature, charming old homes, proximity to the Alamo and the Riverwalk, and the incredible views of downtown San Antonio. They want a neighborhood that is quiet, safe, and clean, just like the one you are living in now.

It is my hope and belief that, having been notified of all of these issues related to your property at Wyoming Street, you will take whatever appropriate actions you deem necessary as a responsible landlord in our area. If I can be of service in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Most sincerely,

Denise McVea
cc: John Keller Supervisor District 2 Code Enforcement 1400 S. Flores San Antonio, Texas 78204 (210)207-5400 Troy Ragland SAFE Office San Antonio Police Department East Side Division 3635 E. Houston Street San Antonio, Texas 78220 (210) 207-778 Earl Crayton Assistant Fire Chief Fire Prevention San Antonio Fire Department 315 S. Santa Rosa Ave San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 207-8400 Resident #1

Lourdes M. Castro Ramirez President San Antonio Housing Authority 818 S Flores St San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 477-6262

Resident #2

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