To: Hugh Trotti
Hugh Trotti: Work With Jaye & her Daughter, Keep Them in Their Home..
Dear Hugh Trotti,
Please negotiate with Jaye Crawford so that she and her daughter can stay in the place they've called home for years.
Why is this important?
The place my daughter and I call home is 206 Rogers Street, Studio 203. We have lived here for three years. I am a hard-working single mother, and a Personal Fitness Professional of 13 years.
In 2010, after a difficult divorce, I was searching for the perfect live-work space that would enable me to work as a personal trainer and care for my daughter. Out of the blue, the unit I had lived in for 11 years prior to my marriage became available. In total, I have been a tenant at The Warehouse Lofts for 14 years, with nearly $200,000 paid to the Warehouse Limited Partnership.
The unit was in bad shape. After a three month renovation costing $3,000, I set up our new home along with a fitness studio. I considered this our long-term home. Monthly rent: $1,300.
The trouble started one year ago. New neighbors moved into the unit next door with their 80 pound dog - a dog with a barking problem. The poor dog barks when left alone, especially during the house of 9:00 pm - 12:00 am when my daughter and I are trying to sleep. From my bed, it sounds as if the dog is standing beside me. We are often jolted from a sound sleep.
Over the next eight months, I did everything in my power to avoid an ugly situation. I brought the matter to their attention nicely, with hopes of resolving the problem . I wrote them a letter. Rather than showing courtesy, John Napier chose to verbally assault me with FU, B, and C words.
Intentionally, I made the decision not to involve the management, so as to not be perceived as a troublemaker. The last straw came after an exhausting work day. My daughter and I were ready for bed when the barking began. The barking assault persisted until midnight. I’d had enough. I called the police. They were ticketed and a court date was set. On January 14, 2013, John Napier pled guilty in Atlanta Magistrate Court, and was fined $150. I thought the nightmare was finally over. Four days later, the barking continued when the dog was left alone from 8:00 pm - 12:00 am. With my efforts failing, it was time to ask the management for help. I brought the matter to the attention of Hugh Trotti, the office manager.
On Friday, March 29, 2013, I received an unexpected letter on my door from Hugh Trotti. It stated that my lease was up June 30, 2013, and that it would not be renewed. No explanation given. I was flabbergasted.
Over the course of the next week, I requested meetings with both the office manager, Hugh Trotti, and the owner of the building, Henry Finkbeiner, both whom I have known for 20 years. I expressed my shock about the letter. I asked Hugh why my lease would not be renewed. “No one reason in particular” was his answer. I asked both men to put themselves in my shoes as the mother of a school-aged child. I can’t get a restorative night sleep. We have the right to the peaceful enjoyment of our home
I hoped that my conversations with both men would move them, give them a new perspective, and open their eyes to how important this was for my family. But, apparently, they were not moved. When I did not hear a word of reply, I contacted Occupy Our homes Atlanta. With OOHA’s support and guidance, I wrote a letter to Hugh Trotti, requesting a sit-down facilitated mediation aimed at conflict resolution. Once again, I stated that this was our family home and the place where I earn my living. I just want to be treated fairly. After three weeks, I received an email stating, ““We have reviewed your situation. However, our decision has not changed. Your lease will not be renewed.”
A few days later, Tim Franzen, with American Friends Service Committee reached out Hugh Trotti by phone and email, offering, once again the opportunity of mediation. No response.
If I lose my home, I will also lose my job and the means to provide for my family.
Most important of all, our home is in my daughter's charter school district. An unnecessary move might mean a change of schools. My daughter is a straight A student, enrolled in the GATE (gifted and talented program), and fifth year Mandarin Chinese student at Wesley International Academy Charter School. We love our school.