Rhonda Rohrabacher Sues Costa Mesa Landlord Over Security Deposit

Categories: Court, Politics

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The Incongruous Congressman: Rhonda, yo, honey, go get me my money!
The spouse of Orange County's senior, career politician is suing the couple's former Costa Mesa landlord for at least $20,100.

Rhonda Rohrabacher, the mother of triplets and the wife of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, claims in a breach of contract lawsuit filed this month that landowner Robert Polyniak "has failed and refused to timely return security deposit or [make] any accounting for the same."

The Rohrabachers--who'd previously rented property in Huntington Beach--signed a Feb. 28, 2010, lease with Polyniak to pay $3,350 a month for a home built in 1948 not far from the 55 Freeway and Triangle Square.

According to court records, the couple paid a $6,700 security deposit before moving into the property on April 1, 2010, and claim they are also due statutory damages of up to $13,400 plus related expenses.

Zillow.com estimates the home is valued at $743,000.

State records show that Polyniak is president of B.P. Construction, Inc.

There was no telephone answer this afternoon at Polyniak's business.

A Superior Court judge has not yet been assigned to the lawsuit.

There is a bit of hypocrisy* here. The congressman is a longtime pal with George Argyros, the Orange County apartment complex baron and ultra-wealthy, Republican activist from Newport Beach. One of Argyros' businesses, Arnel Management Company, has been repeatedly caught systematically cheating low-income and immigrant renters out of their security deposits in the congressman's district.

Rohrabacher--who will enter his 28th year living as a congressman next year despite first running for office in 1988 as a "term limits champion"--remained mum during Argyros' leasing scandals.

(*As is commonly known, I always treat Congressman Rohrabacher will fawning respect, but our harsh, unsympathetic--and better educated readers--corrected me by insisting the incongruous conduct better constitutes "hypocrisy" (not irony) given his Argyros affections.)

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beachbumrap
beachbumrap

You'd think the surfing congressman would be able to afford to own a house both in DC and in his OC district. After all, he has been earning way more than his average constituent for the past 24 years. A smart man would view a home within a few miles of the ocean as a good investment even if he doesn't live there year round. His opponent in the 2014 election should point out that Dana does not think highly enough of his district to put down roots there as evidenced by being a renter. Or maybe the 66 year old is contemplating retirement as a congressman and plans on becoming a lobbyist. Most lobbyists who were ex-congressmen work in DC and get paid several million dollars annually.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

Whether you like Dana Rohrabacher or not, he and his family are entitled to be treated no differently than anyone else.  You post a large security deposit as a tenant and leave the place clean and without damage, you are entitled by law to get your deposit back.  Sounds like the landlord is a  combination flake and inexperienced in property management.   If it goes to court, this will be an expensive lesson for the landlord.       

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

If the landlord does not provide the accounting and any refund due within time limits of the law.

In California the refund and accounting is due within 21 days of vacating the property.  If the landlord failed to meet the 21 day rule the landlord forfeits the entire deposit regardless of any damage that may have been done.  The landlord may also be held accountable for damages up to two times the deposit amount if you prove to the court that the landlord acted in "bad faith" in refusing to return the security deposit, as a "bad faith" penalty.

Rohrabacher for the win!


jfhfhf
jfhfhf

In HB near the 55 fwy, huh?  Weak story.

moonbandito
moonbandito

Dana needs the money, he's not like those rent dodgers that Argyros was dealing with. At 3.5k a month that's about 6 months Mr. Rohrbacher. If you pull this off, please write a wiki for the rest of us to show us how it's done.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

That's because Rohrbacher is an Republican airhead and a windbag.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Wow, way to break a huge story, Mox.  A small rental deposit dispute, although it happens hundreds of times per day, becomes Pulitzer material when you connect the dots from the wife to the man who is friends of someone (who is wealthy) who as a large landlord had many such disputes.

You're so desperate to smear Rohrbacher the stink is oozing from your pores.

n2bigmuscle
n2bigmuscle topcommenter

He knows someone that owns a company who's management does this and it's irony???

deepoli46
deepoli46

@jfhfhf I had to read that sentence twice, too. The house is in Costa Mesa.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

JG @JGlanton Sorry, fake JG, you continually suffer from poor reading skills and juvenile assumptions. I didn't declare this is a "huge story." I cover the courthouses and a lawsuit filed by a congressman's wife, is news. My Pulitzer, I'm most sure, will come with my top current priority: unmasking you in your basement while skipping 8th grade gym class.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

Not quite, n2bigmuscle. The irony is that Rohrabacher stood by his cheating pal/campaign contributor on the same security deposit theft issue.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@deepoli46@jfhfhf @deepoli46@jfhfhf Weak, lazy comments. Yeah, gosh, placing the property in Costa Mesa in both the headline and opening paragraph made the location of Rohrabacher's rental a deep mystery for those who can't read.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

@rscottmoxley  Are you the only one allowed to use sarcasm on this site? You already have the market cornered on failed debate via personal insults, so why not?

RocketJ
RocketJ topcommenter

@rscottmoxley I think the term hypocrisy is more accurate than irony, but I am not an editor nor do I play one on TV. 

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@deepoli46 @rscottmoxley @jfhfhf  Given that you've now abruptly switched from the laughable argument you couldn't figure out the rental was in Costa Mesa, you've come back with criticism of a dash versus hyphen? Woo! Ha! Hehe! Thanks for the good chuckle from your weak, cowardly comments!

deepoli46
deepoli46

@rscottmoxley @deepoli46 @jfhfhf Perhaps the sentence is hard to read because of the irrelevant "Proud parents of triplets" and the unfortunate separation of two hyphens, used instead of the correct em dash. In fact, the entire mention of the former HB rental is irrelevant to the story. Weak, unclear writing.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@Marconi @JGlanton @rscottmoxley Well, hell, okay, you got me: I'm not exactly sure JG is always housed in the basement at Costa Mesa's Fairview Mental Hospital on Harbor Blvd. But it can't be too bad. They obviously give him computer access and potent medications.

Marconi
Marconi

@JGlanton @rscottmoxley Wait I did not get the sarcasm.  You mean you are not really in your basement?  In that case har har...

RocketJ
RocketJ topcommenter

@paullucas714@rscottmoxley@RocketJ  I'll stick with he is acting like a hypocrite but I am literally using the literal definition so that may cause some confusion.BTW when you called did bullshit pick up or let it go to voice mail? SOB always screens my calls...

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@rscottmoxley @RocketJ I call bullshit. I think its more ironic that Dana rents a dwelling to begin with when he makes nearly 200k on the Hill, plus caddilac healthcare for free for him and all members of his family , and his wife gets a nice salary being his campaign manager. For extra points, its even more ironic that he is co-sponsoring a Respect States Rights on Medical Marijuana bill in the house but when a disabled woman in a wheel chair that is in his district both as a resident and a volunteer for Patient Med Aid which helps terminally ill patients acquire cannabis gets threatened by the DEA at her home in HB and Dana does absolutely nothing about it.

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