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Oh, CitiApartments. When they actually manage to get folks their deposits back, the bounce the checks! A reader emailed us last week, saying:

I moved from a Citi Apartments property on July 15th. After much caterwauling, I finally received a check for my uncontested deposit plus interest last Friday, the 14th of August, (Editor’s note: this is well after the 21 day deadline that deposits are required to be returned by. Oh, CitiApartments.) deposited into my checking account that same day. Today I learned that the check bounced. I am livid, obviously, and a domino effect has occurred wherein my checking account is in the negative, my credit card has been culled to make up the difference and I am at a loss of what to do.

In the tradition of Citi’s many many many names, Trophy Properties VI B8A, LLC was the account holder on the rubber check, “the same agent to whom we wrote our rent checks” says our reader.

So our fearless reader goes back to CitiApartment’s office, where they spoke to Adrienne Lowe (which is more that we could get her to do). Our reader was given a new check, with an additional $35 to cover the bouncing fee. BUT GET THIS:

However, this check is drawn on the same bank account that the previous returned check was…We were instructed/asked not to cash the check until after 5 p.m. today because the funds were being transferred this afternoon.

Srsly? Is CitiApartments even trying anymore?

After some hassles at the bank, our stalwart reader was able to leave CitiApartment’s bank with the cash owed. But how many folks aren’t able to fight as hard for their money back?

Last week, commenter salsaman asked “So, how is CitiApartments still legally operating, in light of these reports of outright fraud?” Great question, right?

After getting that comment, we emailed Deputy City Attorney Jennifer Choi, to whom we spoke when we wrote our first CitiApartments story, asking “Are there any updates we can share with readers to help offset their frustration that this company appears to continue to operate this way with no consequence?”

Unfortunately, she has not responded, so we’ve forwarded the email to City Attorney’s office spokesperson Matt Dorsey, in hopes he can help get us some clarity on this. Because it’s kind of crazy, isn’t it?

You know we love your CitiApartments stories, put ‘em here.

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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 eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Sherri

    I live in a Lembi crime family apartment (355 Fulton) & was wondering if there is an updated list of properties they’ve lost. The rumor in the building is that they lost it but will still manage it for the time being.

  • Sherri

    I live in a Lembi crime family apartment (355 Fulton) & was wondering if there is an updated list of properties they’ve lost. The rumor in the building is that they lost it but will still manage it for the time being.

  • cactus

    Don’t wait to deposit it. If it bounces, you’re entitled to damages and can take them to small claims court and get an extra $1500 from them:

    http://ag.ca.gov/consumers/general/badchex.php

    “California Civil Code section 1719 allows the receiver of a bad check to recover three times the amount of the check, up to $1500, in civil court if sufficient notice is mailed or delivered to the person who wrote the check. The damages are in addition to collecting the value of the check and they could include court and mailing costs. A cause of action under this law may be brought in small claims court, if the claim does not exceed $5,000, or in any other court of jurisdiction depending on the amount of the transaction.”

    Plus, the extra civil actions against them will probably help the city build another case… I’m sure any decade now San Francisco will stop ‘researching’ and finally file charges.

  • cactus

    Don’t wait to deposit it. If it bounces, you’re entitled to damages and can take them to small claims court and get an extra $1500 from them:

    http://ag.ca.gov/consumers/general/badchex.php

    “California Civil Code section 1719 allows the receiver of a bad check to recover three times the amount of the check, up to $1500, in civil court if sufficient notice is mailed or delivered to the person who wrote the check. The damages are in addition to collecting the value of the check and they could include court and mailing costs. A cause of action under this law may be brought in small claims court, if the claim does not exceed $5,000, or in any other court of jurisdiction depending on the amount of the transaction.”

    Plus, the extra civil actions against them will probably help the city build another case… I’m sure any decade now San Francisco will stop ‘researching’ and finally file charges.

  • Erik

    Can’t you take the check to the bank that issued it for guaranteed cash, or failing that at least a risk-free confirmation that it’s bad? Or is this an urban legend?

  • Erik

    Can’t you take the check to the bank that issued it for guaranteed cash, or failing that at least a risk-free confirmation that it’s bad? Or is this an urban legend?

  • Eve Batey

    That is what they did. As noted in the article:

    “We were instructed/asked not to cash the check until after 5 p.m. today because the funds were being transferred this afternoon…After some hassles at the bank, our stalwart reader was able to leave CitiApartment’s bank with the cash owed.”

  • Eve Batey

    That is what they did. As noted in the article:

    “We were instructed/asked not to cash the check until after 5 p.m. today because the funds were being transferred this afternoon…After some hassles at the bank, our stalwart reader was able to leave CitiApartment’s bank with the cash owed.”

  • Erik

    I was distracted by the all the bold stuff right above that part.

  • Erik

    I was distracted by the all the bold stuff right above that part.

  • Sherri

    Today Citiapartments changed out all the light fixtures in the common areas& hall ways of the building of the building I live in, about 80 or 90 in all & they did some other minor repairs. This tells me the building must be for sale.

    Last week the State of California shutdown the elevator for safety reasons.

  • Sherri

    Today Citiapartments changed out all the light fixtures in the common areas& hall ways of the building of the building I live in, about 80 or 90 in all & they did some other minor repairs. This tells me the building must be for sale.

    Last week the State of California shutdown the elevator for safety reasons.