This is a blog about being “mobbed” in the United States, more precisely, in Seattle. “Mobbing,” as I have managed to put it together based on the comments of those involved and the web references I’ve found, appears to be known as “real estate mobbing,” an intense form of bullying that seems to include multiple felonies. And it seems like “mobbing” may well be a form of harassment intended to “clear” tenants by completely disregarding their valid contracts and their legal rights, pretty much all of them. It is a crime of third parties and not necessarily landlords. It is often a crime of corruption and greed on the part of people in real estate, development, and even those active in neighborhood watches and organizations that ostensibly exist for the good of locals like me.
Before I get started, I am writing this because not only do I want to discourage the practice by exposing it so that victims and police can recognize it, but I am writing this to help myself, I am writing this because despite numerous reports to local police and to the city, to my knowledge no one is investigating. Yet I have essentially been made a prisoner. I have had no privacy for more than a year. I live in the United States and supposedly enjoy the rights conferred upon every citizen by the forefathers of this country. Day-in and day-out, I am demanded to leave my home, to “get out,” to “move on,” by people who seem to be so practiced at this that I must assume they are professionals. Day-in and day-out, I am a legal resident in Seattle, Washington who is being treated like a criminal by people who seem to have been hired to harass me out of my home. I am writing this in hopes that someone who is familiar with professional harassment and tenant clearing reads this, recognizes the veracity of the descriptions I am providing, and initiates a police investigation into my neighborhood. What has happened to me is criminal. This is my story.
So I’ll begin with the beginning and then go on from there in the days ahead, to document the hoaxes, the threats, the attempts to coerce and to blackmail; in short, my experience of the kinds of harassment I’ve experienced and my emerging understanding of the techniques that were intended to force me from my legal home.
I’ve been aware of my mobbing since May of 2014, maybe April. I say “aware” because, until this point, while I understood the situation as highly threatening and coercive, I did not understand the meaning of the escalating innuendo and malicious gossip. Moreover, I assumed, like any person does, that my life and my home were private.
As I’ve come to believe, however, those who “clear” by “mobbing” likely try to do their work swiftly by letting a victim know that he or she is being mobbed, even within the four walls of a legal physical residence. At least, they did me, though at the time I thought the words I overheard were a mistake. After all, it’s hard enough to comprehend the enormity of the possibility that people are eavesdropping on your most private acts. Who would deliberately let you know that they were doing so?
It was a warm spring day. My window wasn’t open but the neighboring houses are close by and the neighbors seem to keep their windows open. I was sitting on the toilet when I heard a familiar voice from next door say, “She’s in the bathroom. I turned down the mic.” And then I heard a response, “Did they say we could do that?”
I think that was supposed to get rid of me, that in many cases, legal residents flee at this point, even though eavesdropping of this sort is clearly criminal. Perhaps the thinking is that women are modest and likely to be frightened by creepy behavior like this. But I was accustomed to the hostility of my neighborhood. And I got mad. And I’m still here, a year later.
Because of that, I probably have a good deal of knowledge about the dirty things that “tenant clearers” or “mobbers” do. And I think you, and the police, the city and any other appropriate legal or law enforcement authorities, should too. Maybe in addition to bringing this crime into the public eye, in addition to discouraging it and making it easier for victims and police to recognize what may well be a predictable pattern, I can finally get an investigation that will lead to the arrest of those involved, restore the integrity of my privacy rights, and begin to give me back my rights as an American citizen to reside where I wish and to once more take up the quiet enjoyment that my lease agreement with the owners of this property provides.