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Bellevue Serial Squatter Behind on Rent . . . Again!

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Bellevue deadbeat tenants Sang and Youjin Kim are late on their May rent. This comes after King County Housing Justice Project used taxpayer dollars to pay nearly $90K in back rent so the Kim’s could remain in this $2M Woodridge property.

Mom & pop landlord Jaskaran Singh says the Kims now have 14 days to pay or vacate the property. If they refuse, Singh will have to start the eviction process for the fourth time with this couple!

Due to the court backlog in King County, the earliest hearing would be sometime in the fall or winter. The question now, will HJP actually waste more taxpayer dollars to represent the Kims who are clearly taking advantage of the system?

King County Vice Chair Reagan Dunn just introduced legislation that would audit HJP and possibly prevent this type of system abuse. On a side note, the county recently gave HJP $16M to protect poor and marginalized tenants. It’s obvious, the Kims do not fit this requirement and no one is holding them accountable.

Reagan Dunn Introduces Legislation to Hold HJP Accountable

Legislation Introduced to Hold Housing Justice Project Accountable – Full Details.

Housing Justice Project

I’ve only scratched the surface here with HJP. Its tentacles reach far and wide in Washington’s legal community. But a reckoning is coming. Any King County CM who votes against Dunn’s bill better have an alternative to help mom & pop landlords.

Youjin Kim

For weeks now, Youjin Kim has stayed out of the spotlight. But her name is clearly on the lease and by all accounts, she is not destitute. According to the Forever You Aesthetic web page, she is a full time Licensed Aesthetician. So people in this household clearly work and are paid to do so. They just don’t like paying rent.

Protests To Resume

Singh says if the Kims continue to play these games and HJP jumps back in this process, the protests will resume and even more WA politicians will be pressured to bring change. Gonna be a long summer.

Notice to Pay Rent

Here it is. Pay up or get out notice.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.