Shasta Properties Inc., along with the real estate management company’s CEO and President, Gina West, are facing a civil suit.
"Since May of 2013, neither has been licensed as a real estate broker, which is required,” explains Anand “Lucky” Jesrani, a Deputy District Attorney for Shasta County.
"A few months ago, they [California Department of Real Estate] took action by way of a cease and refrain order, which is a lot like a cease and desist order, against Shasta Properties and Ms. West," says Jesrani.
With that warning, Jesrani says the company was not permitted to perform real estate property management activities.
Given that, the Shasta County DA’s office decided to file an unlawful business practices civil lawsuit against both Shasta Properties and West.
“Specifically, in this circumstance, the unlawful activities were unlicensed real estate services," explains Jesrani. "They were told by a government agency that they were to refrain from practicing, despite knowing those facts and being … prohibited from engaging in those activities, they've continued to do so.”
No one was available for comment at the Shasta Properties office.
The DA’s office says this specific civil suit is their way of watching over the people of Shasta County.
"It's meant to protect the consumers of Shasta County as well as honest business people here locally," says Jesrani.
Any tenants or landlords of Shasta Properties, willing to be a witness for the DA’s office is being urged to contact them. The Shasta County District Attorney’s office telephone number is 245-6300.