The U.S. Open might prove to be a boon for vendors, merchants and golf enthusiasts.
Dawn Brundage is none of those, and for her, the U.S. Open presents a problem.
She must move.
Brundage recently returned to her rented home — just a chip shot away from the entrance to Chambers Bay, where the tournament will be in June — and found a notice taped to her front door.
The rental agency was demanding that she vacate the property by the end of April.
She had been paying $1,925 per month, and her payments were up to date, but she was on a month-to-month lease — and time was up.
The owner of the property, Abdulaziz Karim, has listed the house for rent at $38,000 — for the tournament week.
Karim said in a recent phone interview that he hopes to attract golfers, officials, media representatives or anyone else needing shelter during the tournament.
Brundage has appeared in news reports telling her story.
She has lived in the house for eight or nine years. She is raising two teen daughters who have grown up in the neighborhood and who attend nearby Charles Wright Academy. Although she has no record of the transaction, she said she signed an online, one-year rental agreement last year.
“I have to be out by the end of the month,” she said earlier this week, sitting at her dining table, surrounded by the early clutter of a major move.
When she saw the notice, she said, “I was so embarrassed.” She feared neighbors might think she was being evicted for being a bad tenant. She said she is indeed a good tenant and is a dispatcher for the Washington State Patrol.
Karim makes no claim against her performance as a renter.
“I do not believe in a mudslinging competition,” he said. “There are two sides to the story. For clarification, we are changing to yearly leases from month-to-month as it is impossible to get refinance from the banks, and this is a sad fact but true. Mrs. Dawn Brundage, her annual lease expired in 2009, and she had been on month-to-month since then. Mrs. Dawn Brundage had a lot of time to choose to sign a yearly lease and she chose not to do so. For the last one whole year there was no rent increase whatsoever.”
“In general,” he said of Brundage’s side of the story, “it’s all incorrect.”
Karim said he owns “about five” houses in the area, and that he will attempt to rent “three or four” for the tournament.
“We can ask $38,000, or we can ask $28,000,” he said. “That’s just a starting point. After expenses, and upgrade of the house, it doesn’t come up that great.”
The story, he said, “was blown out of proportion.”
“You get a feeling of prejudiceness, or you feel that it was one-sided,” he said. “They did not mention anything like there was no increase (in rent) for the last year.”
And so, he said, “You move forward. It is water under the bridge.”
“I just want my house,” Brundage said. “It’s been my home. It’s been my kids’ home. Had I known a year ago, I would have moved last June. I would take moving expenses. I haven’t been offered anything. I don’t have the money to fight him. What choice do I have?”
She thinks she has secured a new rental home, and she will vacate the Chambers Bay property as ordered.
But does she like golf?
“I have no use for it, especially when it uproots my family,” she said.