RE: Sorry State of Housing at the U of M
Wednesday 05 June @ 11:01:27
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of PULSE:
After reading your story in Vol. 6 issue 7 about the sorry state of housing at the U of M I felt compelled to add my own renting history with WS Property Management.
When our lease began my roommates and I moved in to an apartment that we had to clean ourselves. Upon inspection we found that the apartment required repairs, some minimal and one extensive. The chipped, cracked, and peeling paint was minor. A large window at the front of the apartment, however, had a crack running the length of it. The bathroom required the most work. The window in the bathroom had rotten away long ago and was held together only by many layers of paint. Where the bathtub joins the walls here too it is rotten enough that the paint and plaster have fallen away to reveal the rotten boards behind them and the space in-between the walls. WS sent a person to inspect our residence a month or two after we moved in. We were promised that our repairs would get fixed in the coming weeks. Weeks passed. After calling and leaving messages a couple times my roommates and I gave up on ever getting the items repaired thinking that we could live with the cracked window and rotten wood. Winter came and our landlords never replaced our screen windows. By this time we realized that getting a hold of them for any non-emergency request was unrealistic. We shrink-wrapped our windows to cut down on loss of heat but our bills still skyrocketed.
Same as the girls in the article, we too have had WS property management officials show up unexpected to show the apartment. Worse, once someone with WS came to the apartment while my roommate was home. She was sleeping and did not answer the door. Able to tell that someone was home, the WS representative let himself into our apartment. My roommate was very startled to say the least.
The only repairs ever done on our residence have been emergency plumbing repairs and for the record we have kept up the appearance of our apartment well, even improving it ourselves. Also, we have never had any parties for fear of eviction.
WS is increasing the rent for the apartment by $300 (not including utilities) as well. I realized that we should have taken action earlier but we were unable to drive out to WS. Because our phone calls were never returned, we figured that talking to them would be useless. We were tempted to use University Legal Services, but with schoolwork and work we decided to forego more stress. If our deposit is not returned in its entirety I shall not hesitate to use ULS as an aid to take WS to court.
My two cents,
Anonymous, for fear of prosecution from WS