Help me save my Arts District Photography Studio!
A little about me:
Hi, My name is Mallorie Nasrallah. The fancy phone in the video is not mine! ;)
I am a photographer in Las Vegas, Nevada. And if I may take a moment to feel awesome, the RAW Las Vegas photographer of the year!
That makes me rich right?
Nope, I am broke! Ive been making my living entirely off photography for 8 years now. I've got what I thought was a reasonable business plan, and I have slowly progressed as my work has gotten better, but living off your passion and your art is tough work, and often extremely expensive!
For 8 years now I have been releasing my work to the public, for whatever enjoyment people can get from it. The only time anyone pays a cent is if I am doing work specifically for them, or they want a physical print.
I try to be active in the community, with art donations, and other fun stuff.
I provide video tutorials for free on my photography blog.
If I could, I would shoot for free and give all my work away. For someone with a business plan, I really shouldn't think that way. But I love my work, and I love sharing it.
Why I need help.The owner (Kamran Foulad) of the property I rent is trying to evict me for either discriminatory or retaliatory (or both) reasons.
Let me explain, the owner of the property is attempting to illegally evict me!
I pay rent on time, everyone in this area has been remarkably supportive, I really have done nothing wrong.
On March 27th I had a booking in the morning, I arrived at my studio early to set up. Upon arriving I discovered workers cutting stone and grinding the exterior walls. I was given no notice that this would be happening. This is far from the first time this has happened.
I protested this occurring without warning, and informed the property manger (who is not licensed and knows nothing of landlord tenant law) that this was illegal. She contacted the owner who called me and told me I was a bitch, and threatened to call the police to have me removed.
Which is ridiculous and illegal.
The next day a building inspector shows up randomly, I am blamed for his presence.
Within hours an "eviction notice" was put under my door. As you'll notice it gives me from the date it was put under my door (around 7:00pm on March 28th) to March 29th "am".
After researching, and arguing, and crying I managed to prove to the "property manager" that first of all you can not give someone a few hours to vacate a property and that additionally the "violations" they cited were not in any way valid.
#18 is building modifications, which I made with permission: painting my wall. (not grounds for eviction)
#20 is barring an entrance, which I did not do, I asked for notice before they barred my entrance and modified my building. Which ironically is established as necessary in #20.
#29 is renter's insurance which I have and gladly provided, no one asked but once given this "eviction notice" I had to insist they look at a print out of it.
After all this I was assured by the unlicensed property manager that the owner would "just forget about it".
That was this morning.
I slept at my studio for fear of them destroying my equipment.
I left the studio for 15 min today to get some coffee.
This one a 30 day "no cause" eviction notice.
The bad news is these people are clearly just horrible and hate me for reasons beyond my understanding.
If that sounds melodramatic, I understand, but this is my livelihood and I have so much invested in this property.
How your contributions will be used:
I am admittedly a starving artist. I know I need legal representation, but I simply lack the funds.
I will use your funds to fight to stop these people doing this to others, and attempt to seek justice. I am not the first and I know not the last (just today a man was told to quit his job to manage the property, after he did this he was told he wasn't needed and he had 2 days to leave his apartment, I have invited him to join me in pursuing legal recourse).
I want to be able to keep making art, keep sharing it and continue to be a part of this community. And I want to stand up for what is right.
I need your help.
If you donate a lot, or cant donate at all:
I appreciate anyone who read this far. If you can not contribute, please share this campaign, its a huge help.
If you can donate I will be offering small photographic prints of my work on a scale for those of you who want to pitch in.
Regardless of which group you fall in to, I appreciate you, So much. And thank you.
Photographer / Owner