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Tenant Troubles for Ebenstein


Thursday, November 8, 2007
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Former Santa Barbara School Board member and recent mayoral candidate Lanny Ebenstein prevailed in court Monday in a dispute with his tenants, who had charged that Ebenstein evicted them in retaliation for their complaints about the condition of their 27-room rental home on Glendessary Lane. The tenants-the extended family of business consultant Neil Raden and author and hormone therapist T.S. Wiley-also suggested that Ebenstein took unfair advantage of a family trust established for his developmentally disabled brother. Judge William McLafferty ruled the tenants’ arguments were both inadmissible and irrelevant to the central legal question: whether Ebenstein was legally entitled not to renew their family’s two-year lease. In court, Ebenstein argued that he did not renew the lease because the Raden-Wiley family was continually late with the rent, and that he discovered that 45 lawsuits had been filed against members of the Raden-Wiley family over unpaid bills in the past 25 years. The tenants have denied the charges and are demanding a jury trial. McLafferty asked attorneys for both sides to submit legal arguments justifying why they are entitled to one or not.

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FirstDistrictStreetfighter (anonymous profile)
November 8, 2007 at 1:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is important as it's a candidate. Also telling about the tenant and how much they are loose cannons.

fyu (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 11:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I heard that house is in foreclosure too. That's probably why they haven't fixed it up.

Botany (anonymous profile)
February 23, 2013 at 6:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

That property is quite the mini-mansion and a historical landmark to boot.

It is now on the market as a trustee sale according to Yahoo's floreclosure partner site. A second property on Glendessary Lane is in pre-foreclosure.

There are a surprising number of trustee sales, defaults, and REO's in SB. Some of them in very desireable neighborhoods. No wonder the upper-end real-estate market has been doing well. In this economy & RE market, the rich get richer.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
February 23, 2013 at 11:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You get a lot of zip code hoppers too.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 23, 2013 at noon (Suggest removal)

Actually, the SB Real Estate market in ALL price ranges is now cooking on all 4 burners.

Botany (anonymous profile)
February 23, 2013 at 12:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

From an inventory viewpoint, of the ~300 homes for sale from Goleta to Carp last month, only ~50 were under $1M.

Does anyone have updated local sales charts to share?

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
February 23, 2013 at 12:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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