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Wealth & Poverty Review Bellevue Landlord Attempts to Confront Squatter at Workplace

Protestors Show Up at Forever You Aesthetic

NEW: With King County courts behind more than 2,000 eviction cases, Bellevue mom & pop landlord Jaskaran Singh is now going nuclear. Over the weekend, he tried to confront his deadbeat tenant at her workplace, but the owner of Forever You Aesthetic called the cops on protesters.

Fourth Eviction

The Kims are now faced with a fourth eviction after failing to pay rent on Singh’s $2MIL home in Bellevue. Next court hearing is March 2025.

Kim’s Rent Previously Paid by Housing Justice Project

Earlier this year, the controversial King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project used nearly $90K in taxpayer dollars to pay for the Kim’s back rent. HJP is now using more taxpayer dollars to represent the Kims in their fourth eviction case.

Regan Dunn’s Bill Not Going Anywhere

Meanwhile, King County Council Vice Chair Regan Dunn’s bill to hold HJP accountable is going nowhere. It’s been buried in the Local Services & Land Use Committee. Timeline for a hearing is unclear. Every King County councilmember that votes against this common-sense bill must be called out.

Forever You Aesthetics Scrubs Youjin Kim from Website

As for Youjin Kim’s employment status, her vehicle was parked out Forever You Aesthetics and her husband (Sang Kim) came by to take pictures of protesters. I reached out to spa co-owner Dr. Michael Banitt for comment. They just updated their website without Youjin Kim.

King County Eviction Court Backlog

King County eviction court is broken. There are only three commissioners to hear all these cases.

2024 eviction cases pending: 2151
2020 eviction cases total: 476

Bill to Fix Eviction Backlog Never Got a Hearing

Earlier this year, a bill was introduced to add more court commissioners to deal with the eviction backlog. But it never got a hearing in Democratic State Sen. Patty Kuderer’s Senate Housing Committee. Kuderer is being blamed for pushing legislation that essentially stripped the rights of mom & pop landlords in WA.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.