Reno-area real estate agencies vandalized by bricks thrown through windows – Reno Gazette Journal

The smashed window at HomeGate realty where bricks were thrown through on the night of May 5 with messages written and addressed by the "Rent Is Too Damn High Party".

Recently, several property management companies across Reno have been intentionally vandalized with bricks thrown through their windows.

Haleigh Clemens, marketing assistant with HomeGate Realty in Sparks, said that their business was one of many targeted by bricks signed by the “Rent Is Too Damn High Party”.

The bricks had different messages on them, with one brick reading, “We can’t afford $950 mortgages so we pay $1400 rent prices? We are being used, none of this is okay!”.

Another brick had “we all deserve housing, not just the rich!!!” written in marker on the side, while other bricks contained profanity directed toward the realtors. In total, eight windows were smashed.

Initially, Clemens thought it was a HomeGate Realty tenant because rent prices had gone up. After discovering it had happened to other businesses as well, Clemens said she realized it was a larger and more coordinated effort.

“At first we thought it was one of our tenants but since they went to so many businesses, it seems more like a group is just targeting real estate properties,” Clemens said.

According to Clemens, whoever smashed the windows also tried to get inside the realty office but was stopped by the tempered glass door.

One of the bricks thrown through the window of HomeGate Realty in Sparks on the night of May 5, 2021.

HomeGate Realty was not the only one targeted. Drakulich Realty had their windows smashed in by a brick from the Rent Is Too Damn High Party back on Feb. 20.

“As a part of the real estate community and as a team, Drakulich Realty works hard to maintain a safe workspace in the office and with clients within the buyer/seller community,” Bryan Drakulich, Founder of Drakulich Commercial Partners, said in a statement. “Our team is not involved with any direct property management, and we strive to keep our team members safe when showing properties to potential clients.”

Messages and calls from the RGJ to police went unanswered. As of Friday, police have not released details on possible suspects or who could be involved in the incidents.

Follow reporter Terell Wilkins on Twitter, @terelljwilkins, call him at 252-367-8463 or email him at twilkins@rgj.com.

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