The Portland Solidarity is presently in the midst of a campaign to recover our friend Beth’s deposit from her former landlord, Brian Wannamaker. The campaign got off the ground on Monday, August 6th, when we delivered a demand letter at Brian’s offices (see description and video of the event in our previous posting). Exactly a week after the demand delivery action, Beth received a check in the mail for her full deposit, along with a letter from Brian that referenced the demand delivery. Beth deposited the check, but just before the check cleared, Brian CANCELED the check. In addition to not receiving the $500 deposit she originally expected, Beth is being further penalized by her bank for drawing on a bad check (her bank initially listed the check as cleared).
Why is Brian – owner of the Falcon Arts Community and several properties, including at least four on N. Mississippi Avenue – sending checks to his former tenants, and then cancelling the checks before they clear? His actions are not those of a property owner and landlord who cares about the individuals to whom he rents.
These recent events will only make the Portland Solidarity Network and our supporters fight that much harder with Beth to recover her deposit!
Stay tuned for more announcements and updates, and please get in touch with us to be placed on our contact list so you can hear about and participate in upcoming actions!