Previously Big Easy Magazine recounted how Andrew Severino, a New Orleans slumlord, acted callously and aggressively towards tenants who lost their jobs due to the pandemic, cursing them out over the phone for minor matters.
When one tenant posted a screenshot of him calling her “fat” after she tried to get him to go through with a rent reduction he previously promised, he fired back, “You are not a decent human. Pack your shit up and get the fuck out. You have 72 hours.” He was notified that he legally couldn’t evict her but shrugged off the warning.
Recently, Severino verbally attacked a potential renter, Jade LaRocha. She had committed to renting one of his properties; however, she felt uncomfortable due to his aggressive tone and felt unsafe renting from him. Consequently, she pulled out of the lease agreement. She had already sent a deposit, which she said Severino could keep, but he still responded angrily to her call.
Severino called LaRocha a “N****r Bitch” at which point she started to record the call.
When confronted with the fact that he called her the n-word he responded, “I don’t care, I’ll call you whatever the fuck I want.”
He then continued to threaten her, going on a rant about how she was “stealing his time” by calling him, finishing with the pronouncement, “I fucking hate you, like, I fucking hate you, I thought you were a nice person. I told my partner I don’t like you, I fucking hate you, you’re a piece of fucking trash, garbage, fucking god-ass whore.”
LaRocha responded to his rant, “I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel safe around you.”
To which he responded, “Good, you shouldn’t because you’re stealing from me.”
She countered that she wasn’t stealing for him, she actually gave him a deposit, to which he responded “You’re not getting it back.”
She reiterated, “ I don’t want it back Andrew.”
He finished the call with “Fuck you bitch, taking another call, go fuck yourself.”
The damning video provides evidence of his abusive language and confirmation that he used the n-word. While Severino may be one of the worst slumlords in New Orleans, he’s not alone.
There are numerous individuals, like Joshua Bruno, who work as slumlords, taking advantage of their renters in any way possible, and generally acting like their above reprimanding.
The power trips need to end. Just because you have a kingdom of shotgun homes and apartments doesn’t make you royalty, and sure as hell doesn’t allow you to call other human being racist and deragatory slurs.