Previously a reply to a post, but merits it's own thread.
Gypsy families seem to be screwing over independent landlords and management companies in NOVA. I know one of these gypsy families, the Demetro family. One of my landlord friends had issues with them, and I did a little digging online, as he's not that tech literate.
Do the following steps.
1) Goto: http://www.courts.state.va.us
2) Click "Case Status and Information"
3) On the new page, under "General District Court", click on "Case Information"
4) A Terms and Conditions page will appear. Enter the CAPTCHA test.
5) Select "Fairfax County District Court" in the dropdown on the side, and then click "Name Search" under "Civil"
6) Enter "Demetro" in the "Last/Business Name" field and click Search.
You'll see Unlawful Detainer cases (evictions) against several members of this family: Anthony Demetro, Bobby Demetro, Christina Demetro, Edilte Demetro, James Demetro, Jimmie Demetro, Lisa Demetro, Madison Demetro, Michael Demetro, Mike Demetro, Nick Demetro, Nina Demetro, Pamela Demetro, Patricia Demetro, Sandra Demetro, Sarah Demetro, Shawn Demetro (a real pro here), Steve Demetro, Steven Demetro, Terry Demetro, Thomas Demetro, and Yaz Demetro.
Run a search for Alexandria, and you'll see largely the same batch of people running up Unlawful Detainers in Alexandra: Bobby Demetro, Michael Demetro, Pamela Demetro, Ricky Demetro, Sam Demetro, and Velvet Demetro. What's impressive here is they are fooling established management companies.
There's 30+ of these cases in Fairfax County, and another 8 or so in Alexandria. So maybe about 40 cases in the last 7 years. That's about six evictions a year for this family.
Purely my guess... This probably is an organized gypsy family ring that fakes employment information and other background references to landlords in order to get leases. They then stop paying rent, while the slow eviction process moves forward (60+ days). If they are good with excuses, they can get away with several more months of free rent.
I'd also guess they are not a poor family. Here's a wedding video from 2008. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iJtIxjIydI
. There's a couple more online as well. My guess is they can live quite well considering all the rent they haven't had to pay.
Now, I'm not telling you to rent or not rent to anyone in Fairfax County with a last name of Demetro. I'm merely showing you an online tool, demonstrating some results, and posing a guess as to what's behind the data. I'll let you decide what to do with this information. Just make sure you run very thorough due diligence on anyone you lease to. My friend did do some due diligence, but clearly it wasn't enough