Ron Hall – 585 Heritage Lane – Madison, TN 37115
Nash 2 SF LLC
|45 Rockefeller Plz Fl 31
New York, NY 37205-1051
|445 Bush St Ste 700
San Francisco, CA 94108-3728
March 24, 2017
Dear Nash 2 SF LLC:
My name is Ron Hall. I reside in a property that was just acquired by your company about 2 weeks ago. From 2000-2007 I lived in New York City and worked at TIAA-CREF on 3rd & 45th. In early 2007 I moved down to Nashville, TN.
I have spent the last 8 years using the houses I rent to help make the community a better place. Some of my homes have been open to inner city kids to help with education, refuge, medical care, and sanctuary. With the help of many property managers and property owners many lives have been changed and I like to believe, saved. The final outcome was one of the kids becoming my daughter through a legal adoption 2 years ago, making me one of the rare single fathers by adoption. Fatherlessness is a big problem in this country and even single, I can give my life to help! Some of this work was covered by the Tennessean, Middle Tennessee’s leading newspaper, a Gannet company (USA Today).
Inspired by my daughter’s love for animals, I got involved in the animal rescue community. It is a pretty big issue here in Nashville where our animal control euthanasia rate skyrocketed and made headlines, very ashamedly. Nashville officials worked hard as did private citizens and that rate has decreased dramatically.
I had planned to move to California in the fall of 2016 to work with the homeless. I had spent many years doing that in Los Angeles with the assistance of now-California Legislator Richard Bloom having gotten me started. At the last minute, I decided to stay in Nashville and continue my work here.
I reached out to property management and ownership asking for a price for the house I currently rent. The price given was $135,000. I proposed renewing the lease and using the year to prepare to purchase. They acknowledged my forward planning and prepared a lease.
In February of 2017 I was surprised to find out the property was being sold. I was caught off guard. The current property management advised me I had to make some changes, and within 2 weeks the new property management, Streetlane Homes of which I believe you are affiliated with, sent me a “30 days to vacate” notice due to “damage due to wear and tear beyond normal use”. As of the writing of this letter I am down to 20 days.
I have spent my life down in Nashville and trips to California trying to make the world a better place. It’s been very stressful, hard on my health, and rough on those I serve to endure this.
I wanted to ask if you would consider one of two options: 1) Consider honoring the offer the original owners / property management made to me. While it was not legally binding, the intent was acknowledged by myself, the property management, and the owners. 2) Consider at least allowing me to finish out my lease which ends in September 2017 so I can make an orderly exit. As a long shot: 3) Consider giving me the house to me free of charge as a gesture of goodwill.
I thank you for taking the time to read this letter. You can see excerpts of my original dialogue to purchase at https://ronhall.me/housing-crisis/