‘Unacceptable’: New apartment owner leaves tenants frustrated

‘We’re all treated like we don’t care.’ Tenant at 135 Atherley Street says they want people out. Origins; owners say they are ‘revitalizing’ property

Residents live in an apartment complex at 135 Atherley Road. They became increasingly frustrated about the conditions on the property.

Tyler Shepherdson, a nine-year-old Canadian veteran, has lived in the complex on and off since 2016. Since Forest Gate Living acquired the building earlier this year and appointed Sterling Karamar Property Management in charge of maintenance, he says maintenance of the property has been “unacceptable”.

“The grass was at one time so tall that it was one and a half to two feet tall,” he said. “There was dog poo all over the yard that couldn’t pick up properly.”

Recently, a sewer line flowed into the downstairs laundry room and flooded the hallway area downstairs. Plumbers were called in to fix the problem, but Shepherdson says it wasn’t cleaned properly.

“They never removed the washers and dryers, so all that backflow of sewage went under those machines and it’s been sitting there ever since,” he said. “I washed clothes not too long ago, put my things in the dryer, and really smelled my poo.”

Shepherdson says Forest Gate Living is trying to buy residents off their leases; He says he was offered $5,000 to leave.

He said, “They want the people out.” “I’m paying $1,103 a month for the same two-bedroom unit here which is now $2,200.”

In a statement emailed to AureliaSterling Karamar Property Management has confirmed that the building’s ownership group is offering residents financial compensation for opting out of their leases.

“While we are fully committed to those who wish to continue living in our rental community, those who are challenged by the current housing crisis but are intent on eventually buying a home have been provided with an array of benefits that make the goal of owning a home easier,” he said. Statement.

“We look forward to continuing to serve the residents of this rental community and, where possible, contributing to the dream of home ownership.”

Shepherdson plans to get out of the complex, but has nothing to do with the financial offer.

“I’ve put up with a lot of things here,” he said. “I’ve gone through three changes of ownership now.”

He says his decision to leave was due to the pressure on conditions in the building.

“To embrace and embody my personal growth,” he said, “I have to leave here.”

The building’s residents include single mothers, seniors on disability pensions, and many health care workers, Shepherdson says.

“There is such a diverse spectrum of people,” he said. “We’re all treated like we don’t care.”

Sterling Karamar Property Management refutes the allegations and says it has started an “intensive revitalization program” on the building.

“While we believe residents should really start learning about improvements to the community, additional plans for the property — including wing upgrades, maintenance of building operating systems, and landscaping improvements — do not happen overnight and will instead be pursued in weeks and months ago, the statement said.

In a statement emailed to AureliaSean Crawford, director of city legislative services, says the city has bylaws in place, such as the Bylaws for Property Standards and the Clean and Clear Regulations, which require property owners to adhere to minimum standards of maintenance.

He said, “The city recently received a complaint regarding the waste in the aforementioned property.” “The officer will check and determine if there is a violation of the Clean and Clear City Regulation.”

Crawford notes that the city’s clean and clear bylaw prohibits the storage of waste on the property, including household trash and tires, as well as grass/weeds more than eight inches in height. He stated that if a violation is identified, enforcement action will “begin”.

He also says the city does not have any complaints open on file regarding the building’s interior.

“In the event of a complaint, an inspection will be conducted to determine if any violation has occurred under the city’s Bylaws of Property Standards, which sets out minimum standards of maintenance,” he said.