Neighbors fighting over property in southwest Bakersfield
Last Updated: 100 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
A dispute over a rental agreement is causing some concerns for several people in southwest Bakersfield. The fight is forcing a family out on the street and raising many questions for the owner of the property.
For the last four months neighbors have been at each other’s throats over a small building that sits on ten acres and in the middle of all that fighting is a Bakersfield physician.
Skip Stewart says he’s being harassed and forced out from a place he calls homes.
“I thought I had a future there. I had big plans of opening up my welding business there and I have a year of life invested in it and it’s all for nothing now,” he said.
The land is owned by Dr. Ajiptal Tiwana of Bakersfield. Stewart says he has a verbal agreement with the doctor to clean up the place including an old building on the property in exchange for parking his trailer and living there. However, Hope Rivera, the new property manager contracted through the doctor wants him and his daughter out.
“She eventually took over and once I got the shop in pretty good shape, she’s seen the potential of renting it out and making some money and made the agreement with the doctor,” he said.
The family says Rivera does not want to corporate and continues to leave disturbing voicemails.
“I have 14 recorded messages on my machine in there from Hope Rivera threatening my granddaughter having her assaulted or arrested, threatening my son’s safety, threatening me if I ever come out to that property again. She would have me arrested,” said Opal Stewart, mother of the tenant.
23ABC attempted to reach the doctor for comment, but our calls were not returned. We did however find the manager of the property.
“It’s just an on-going thing. They don’t go by the rules and regulations here, I have and they think they can do all their running around and they think they own the place,” said property owner, Hope Rivera.
Documents obtained by 23ABC show an eviction notice delivered to Stewart with his own signature on it. Rivera says he’s just bringing bad practices to the property.
“He likes the building and he can store stolen items there and that’s basically what he’s been using the building for and we’re not allowing it,” she said.
Rivera has called law enforcement several times, but Stewart isn’t doing anything illegal. He is however, looking for a new place and filing a restraining order against the landlord.
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