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Stripper tenant from hell has Calif. family living in fear

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LOS ANGELES — A California homeowner claims her stripper tenant has had her family living in fear for the last six months.

The woman, who asked to be identified only as Carrie, said she has lived in her Shadow Hills home for 21 years until things took a turn for the worse between she and her tenant.

“My house has turned into a battleground,” Carrie told KTLA.

It all started two years ago when Carrie started renting a room to 26-year-old Sara Rogers for $1500 a month. And even though Rogers filled out her application using a different last name, Carrie said her reason seemed legitimate.

“She said … ‘I’m getting divorced. I was only married for a short time, so I changed my name,’” Carrie said.

But Rogers said she was a student who worked at the strip club Deja Vu in downtown Los Angeles.

Everything was fine for the first year.

But in late 2013, Carrie said Roger’s friends moved in, she got cats, installed an air conditioner and started making a lot of noise at odd hours of the night.

“The screaming, the spanking, the moaning … that would wake the dead and my 5-year-old,” Carry said.

According to Carrie, when she tried to talk to Rogers in January about the situation she was served with a “cease and desist order for criminal stalking and harassment.”

After that, Carrie claimed a well-planned drama unfolded. She said Rogers changed the locks and put up industrial chains to keep her out.

When Carrie called police to report flooding coming from Rogers’ room, she claimed police told her she was in danger.

“Five officers came up and said to me ‘there is a loaded handgun in there … you have an unsecured door and an unsecured weapon in a house where you have a 5-year-old, you’re in trouble.’”

Then when Carrie hired an attorney, she discovered she was not the first landlord to have issues with Rogers. The attorney told Carrie that he had represented Rogers in other eviction cases, under her previous name, and that the young woman did this for a living.

Carrie’s attorney advised her to settle with Rogers for $4,000 instead of going to court.

Rodgers, who hasn’t paid rent in six months, was supposed to be out of the house by July 21, Carrie said.

When KTLA reached out to Rogers to get her side of the story, she responded with a text message stating, “It’s OK, the court settlement is enough for me. I’d prefer not to engage further with someone who doesn’t respect my privacy.”

Carrie told KTLA that the entire ordeal has cost her about $40,000.




  • guest

    so… she gets evicted “for a living”? a situation from which she makes no money? got it.

    • Rae Weatherford

      Actually, looks like she got free rent and will probably pocket $4000.00, what a dirtbag!! And strippers make plenty of money, so sad that we live in a society where people feel entitled, I hope her name and picture is plastered all over internet and news so this won’t happened to the next clueless tenant that she tries to move in with, what a shame, she will probably destroy the place before she leaves!

    • Vastly Amused

      Because the landlord-tenant laws in Cali are so insane, it’s entirely possible it would have taken another year to evict her, and poor Carrie might have run up another $30,000 in legal fees.

  • pat

    People today think the world owe them something because they are living in someone else home and the person should just bear with them. You can bend over back to help them the more they want and they more they take. It is the sign of the times. Their sign of the times.

  • Melissa

    Something else had to of happened. I just looked up the Tenant laws for California (http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/catenant.pdf) and here is what it states:
    however, the landlord can terminate the tenancy by giving the tenant only three days’ advance written notice if the tenant has done any of the following:
    • Failed to pay the rent.
    • Violated any provision of the lease or rental
    • Materially damaged the rental property (“committed waste”).
    • substantially interfered with other tenants (“committed a nuisance”).
    • Committed domestic violence or sexual assault against, or stalked another tenant or subtenant on the premises.
    • used the premises for an unlawful purpose.
    • engaged in drug dealing, unlawfully used, cultivated, imported, or manufactured illegal drugs.
    • using the building or property to conduct dog fighting or cockfighting.
    • unlawful conduct involving weapons or ammunition.

    If the tenant doesn’t voluntarily move out after the landlord has properly given the required notice to the tenant, the landlord can evict the tenant; but in order to evict the tenant, the landlord must first file an unlawful detainer lawsuit in
    Superior Court
    I would have gone to a DIFFERENT lawyer who had never represented this woman. He gave that woman bad advice on “settling” with her tenant. To me it seems like the lawyer may be in on it with the bad tenant. Seems to me the woman could have legally evicted her for several reasons.

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