Haber and Gutman's latest "disruptive" business is oWow.com, a developer of tiny shared housing spaces in Oakland, marketed only through Facebook log-in. Their takeover of the Travellers single room occupancy hotel in Oakland resulted in displacement of all of the long-term senior and disabled tenants. Precarious Housing Map here
After a large fire displaced the well known AK Press at 674 23rd Street in West Oakland, Haber acquired the building. Soon afterward, real estate agent/owner Kim Marienthal sold him the building at 669 24th Street where the fire started. Haber received funding for the purchase from Seth Jacobson, the owner of 1919 Market Street where long term live/work tenants were abruptly displaced due to the neglected conditions of the building.
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The Park Hotel at 1040 Folsom Street was cleared of long term tenants after a fire. While the tenants were waiting for repairs to be able to move back in, the owner Nasir Patel leased the building to Haber and Gutman, dba The Negev. Instead of the displaced tenants being contacted to move back into their rooms, The Negev opened as a digerati dorm. From a Craigslist ad: $1250 Negev Folsom!: Family dinners on Sundays, parties every 3 weeks, yoga on Fridays, and weekly talks from well known people mostly in the technology world.“
AK Press and many other tenants were displaced in the fire that started in the building next door., where two people died in the blaze. Haber and his financiers - among them, Seth Jacobson - acquired both buildings and have plans to develop "Live Work" spaces at the site.sThe City of Oakland was said to have put up roadblocks as the previous owner attempted to repair the fire damage. Seth Jacobson was the owner of 1919 Market when the City forced tenants out due to the condition of the building.
The Negev Folsom at 1040 Folsom St. was the subject of a lawsuit filed by tenants displaced by a fire there who were not offered their units back at their former rent rate, as required by the San Francisco rent-control ordinance.
Live/work tenants were displaced in two days with help from Oakland City Building Department just after Haber’s 1919 Bayside LLC took over as property manager. Haber demolished the building without a demolition permit.