Today was the eviction hearing for 310 Mildred. The tenant, Nick Ucci showed up to court without counsel and attempted to contest the eviction hearing. Although Judge Hahn pointed out to him that he responded to the eviction letter, requested a jury trial and had a month to prepare – Mr. Ucci did not show up with evidence to dispute the simple fact that he did not pay 3 months rent – although he claimed he made payments. He tried to distract and divert the proceedings with a flurry of other issues, during which he admitted to the judge that he was arrested for cultivating marijuana, and built a bio-dome structure on the roof with no permits. He also brought up several times that he has a mechanics lien filed against the property for $250,000 – as if it was some kind of cashiers check against the property. To that, he was asked directly in court if he was a licensed contractor, and he said, “No”. ( Although anyone can record a mechanics lien, unlicensed contractors cannot foreclose on a mechanics lien if the work is valued at more than $500. Click here for more info on “invalid liens” which his filing is.. ) (The previous thing I just said in parentheses means that Mr. Ucci is SOL regarding his bogus mechanics lien, BTW)
ANYWAYS, Mr. Ucci – who also has 4 cases pending against him for theft of utility services complained that the owner had not provided him water, gas or power – therefore making it hard for him to make a nice home for his young son and girlfriend who is 5 months pregnant. Nevermind that his son lives in another part of the state and does not reside at all with Mr. Ucci – and that when Mr. Ucci failed to pay for utilities, and was then discovered stealing water and power from nearby homes – The City will in no way grant him a service request. Everything seems to be a giant conspiracy against him, according to him. In a baffling act of gratitude, Judge Hahn allowed him lunchtime to go home and retrieve what he said was proof that he had paid the rents in question “from his mason jar collection”. When court reconvened, Mr. Ucci had receipts that were not showing deposits for the dates in question, they did not show proof of payment of rent, and the bank statements his girlfriend (who allows him to use her account to pay rent in piecemeal installments with her account) were not for the months in question – proving nothing. As things were slipping out of Mr. Ucci’s grasp, he made a few more desperate attempts to ask for continuances and to go on about the mechanics lien and how he had $50,000 in receipts for work in improvements he had done to the house. That had everyone wondering how he could afford $50,000 in building supplies but he couldn’t pay rent… but like the rest of what Mr. Ucci says vs. what he does – none of it made sense and the judge awarded victory to the owner.
Mr. Ucci was ordered to pay the owner $3000 in rent, an additonal $1000 for August + $33.33 a day for Sept and $350 in court fees immediately – and most importantly – to leave, now. He informed Mr. Ucci that he had read the letter from The City regarding the order to Vacate by Sept 10th, and although the order for him to pay and leave will take a day to hit the Sheriff’s desk – he just told him to get out.
Score 1 for the neighborhood. Finally.