Home Taken Over by a Squatter w/ Heidi Russell

We all have that one roommate we still talk about because of how terrible they were. Now imagine the worst roommate you’ve ever had and multiply that by a hundred because Heidi Russell, shares her story of how she got stuck with a grifter in her apartment. Heidi and her partner Valentina have been living in their beautiful West Village apartment when they opened up their second room to make ends meet. Listen and learn how one person, the grifter, used manipulation, gaslighting, and took advantage of new covid laws to stay living in their apartment without paying. Listen to how Heidi’s been able to manage through this nightmare and learn about ways YOU can stay safe from a grifter.

Host Information: 

Instagram: Dr Ramani’s IG – @doctorramani

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Guest Information: 

Instagram: Heidi Russell’s IG – @heidirussellglobal 

Twitter: Heidi Russell TW – @HERRussellGlobal 


Guest Bio:

Heidi is a fine art photographer, publisher, indie curator, global cultural collaborator, and founder of International Women Artists’ Salon. Heidi Russell and Valentina Bajada owned an 860-square-foot second-floor walk-up – a perfect home for the two of them. They opened their space for an AirBnb to earn more money in the space, and are still facing a very tough situation where they no longer have access to their home. In this interview, told by Heidi, we will explore how a Grifter took advantage of their space. This resulted in them still not having access to their home due to tenant laws through someone who seemed nice and trusting in the beginning, but ended up being very self-serving and truly making a nightmare situation.


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