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Skyler Ridge
7171 West 115th, Overland Park, KS 66210
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04/16/12
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We provided our notice to break our lease to the apartment complex in December 2011 in contemplation of our out-of- state move for employment, and moved to Pocola, OK on January 15th, 2012. Every time we had someone ready and willing to apply to take over our lease (and after qualifying, sign on as roommates with us and simultaneously release us from the lease) the policies were changed or expanded, or we have been informed belatedly of information we had not been provided previously either orally or in writing. Many of these policies were communicated to us nearly verbatim by multiple agents of the organization (----------------, and another employee in the leasing office, and ------------Peterson Property Managment), prior to subsequently changing to another position (saying the facts and policies we have been discussing are not valid) once it appeared the previous position taken no longer was in the organizations best interest. Absolutely nothing in our lease, or on the notice to vacate, prohibited us from having someone else take over responsibility for our lease, whether prior to, or after, providing 60 days notice. The leasing office told us we could do so, and provided us with the necessary documents to do so, and confirmed we could do so even after having left the apartment and that we could take care of the necessary documents by fax. When we originally gave our notice we were orally told both by the Property Manager and other leasing office employees that our unit could not and would not be marketed until February 18th the end of our 60 day notice, and the period through which we would be obligated for rent pursuant to such notice. When I asked the manager whether her position violated the obligations imposed upon landlords to make a good faith effort to market an apartment that has become vacant due to a tenant breaking his lease you stated that it did not. The manager later took the position she was marketing it to potential renters. The company changed its position multiple times, ultimately stating that we could not make any changes to the lease since we had turned over our keys and they had possession of the property (but still within the sixty-day notice period). The manager later took the position that she was now actively marketing the property (implying they had not been before). The notice of intent to vacate did indicate the apartment may be shown after we vacate it also identifies the unit as my apartment indicating that until the notice period expires, it is my apartment, and I can consequently exercise rights that would be available to me under the leaseincluding having someone take over my lease. The changes in policy positions and interpretations of the lease were taken by the Skyler Ridge property management team and Peterson Property Management company to serve the business interests of the company, and in an attempt to thwart our ability to have someone take over our lease. I have written communications in email form from the property manager that show changes in their position. These practices constituted unfair and deceptive trade practices and constituted an interference with our contractual rights. Consumer Protection laws exist which serve to allow the government and/or individuals to bring claims against entities engaging in unfair and deceptive business practices. I am not the only witness to improper behaviors, comments, and policies which violate fair housing and other laws. I have also been in communication with a property manager in the Kansas City area (in KS) that has indicated she experienced/witnessed first-hand violations of fair housing laws when she came to the Skyler Ridge property as a mystery shopper. After having paid all fees associated with terminating the lease Skyler Ridge/the management company failed to remove our name from the utilities. We notified Skyler Ridge multiple times of the need to remove us from the utilities as we were not living at the apartment complex and our lease obligation had ceased. Due to the leasing offices failure to act in this regard we contacted the utility company in an attempt to get our name off of the utilities. The utility company would not remove our name and directed us back to the leasing office/property management company.

Last Updated: 04/16/12

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