An apartment complex owned by slumlord debt collectors and judge on the take--business as usual in Dallas, TX
When someone says a state is "business-friendly," this is what they mean.
But then he showed up in court and met his match — an apartment complex owned by a family of debt collectors and known for aggressively suing its tenants, in a courtroom whose judge has never ruled against them. He was about to learn the lesson other tenants have when they've moved out, and even before.
"We're kind of afraid to move," explains one Centerpoint resident, "because we heard rumors that when you move out, they fuck you."
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At Centerpoint, the Zidell tradition appears to be taking tenants to court. The complex has filed more than 700 lawsuits against tenants since 1996, records show, far more than similarly sized buildings. That doesn't include simple eviction cases or the hundreds of times Centerpoint has asked a court to freeze the bank accounts of defendants it's successfully sued.
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