While we wait to see what goes down with the class action suit filed on behalf of all the former CitiApartments (one of the largest landlords in SF) tenants who have been refused a prompt return of their uncontested deposit, how about another round of Tales of the Citi?

In today’s installment, we hear from a current tenant who has a number of furry pals in his building (Is it too close to Michael Jackson’s passing to make a Ben joke?), and some fun games of what the more PC folks where I grew up called “ding dong ditch.” Like we always say, read it and weep:

I’ve lived at [REDACTED] since 1993. It’s been hideous since 2000 when they took over by banging on people’s doors like the cops and then saying a bucket I had outside was a violation – when the elevator hadn’t worked in 2 weeks. When I stood up to them – I immediately started getting sudden bangs on my door at between 1-3a and no one there when I got to the door.

Recently, the rats problem downstairs is completely unspeakable. Whenever you go down there (at night) as many as 36 rats go scrambling in all directions. When Citi started with composting bins then the rats got really desperate, and more aggressive. You could hear the babies crying for food, and the ceiling of the laundry room (also in the basement) is stained with rat feces and urine and the room is unusable.

Yesterday when I entered the building the apt was being shown (the one just above the rat infestation) and I wanted to say something but whenever you stand up to them you are singled out for harassment and the tenants are too afraid to speak up en masse. But we have older people here and the elevators are out at least several hours every day – and throughout most weekends.

Have a Tale of the Citi you’d like to share? Send it our way. And here are some more official resources:

The deposit-witholding class action site, where you can help them build a database of incidences of this practice, is here.

If you’re experiencing harassment or other issues at the hands of CitiApartments, let the City Attorney’s office (which has a case against them) at 415-554-3977.

And, finally, it looks like CitiApartments rental agents are back to using the CitiApartments name in their craigslist listings. Since it seems like you guys are OK with our recommendation that we all flag their listings as a violation of CL’s Terms of Use (for more explication of this, see the fourth graf from the bottom), wanna start doing that again? We do!

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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