SROs have historically provided housing for vulnerable populations. While San Francisco regulates and protects single room occupancy hotels, Oakland has no policy for preserving these rooms. As people are displaced from SROs, the numbers of homeless are likely to increase.
The Claridge Hotel at 634 15th is the largest SRO Hotel in Oakland with 197 units. Formerly the Ridge Hotel, it was owned by Richard Earl Singer who pleaded guilty in 2011 to criminal charges of conspiring to hire an arsonist to burn down the Menlo Hotel, another SRO in his real estate portfolio. The hotel was transferred first to Urban Green Investments and subsequently to Sarosh Kumana. Oakland Rent Board Data shows 278 eviction notices between 2011 and 2016, with the evictions attributed incorrectly by the Rent Board to Singer's LLC.
The Claridge Hotel was developed and operates with Federal housing financing. The property utilizes the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Federal housing program to make rent affordable to lower income tenants. Rooms were being offered in 2016 for $1024/month.
'The Hotel Travelers at 392 11th St, Oakland was recently acquired by the owners of the Negev. The Negev had a rocky start in San Francisco. When owners Haber and Gutman took over an SRO which had been damaged in a fire and converted it to techie dorms, they were sued by tenants who had been displaced in the fire. Another fire broke out at the Graywood Hotel on Mission Street shortly after they subleased that hotel in 2016. Haber and Gutman purchased the Travelersand immediately offered tenants buy-outs. Some moved out when hotel was turned into a construction zone as rooms were remade into apartments. The elevator was taken out of commission in 6 story hotel that houses disabled residents.
Filed with the Oakland Rent Board (2008, 2011-2016)