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Resident 2005 - 2007 Not Recommended
Reviewed 01/24/2007
I have had issue with the management about repairs not made to my apartment. Also I have had accounting issues with them. The best solution I found was actually digging some information online about Arbor Vista. I found out that the parent company has been in the country s largest lawsuit settlement ..<br><br> WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Equal Rights Center (ERC), the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the United Spinal Association along with their counsel, Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld, & Toll, PLLC and the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs announced today what is by far the largest settlement of a lawsuit challenging defects in the design and construction of multi-family housing under the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. <br>The settlement requires the survey of 71 apartment complexes developed by Archstone-Smith Trust and located in 16 states around the country, which contain approximately 36,000 apartment units, about 12,000 of which are covered by the settlement, and to retrofit features of the complexes, at Archstone s expense, that operated as barriers to the full use and enjoyment of these facilities by people with disabilities. Archstone-Smith Trust is the seventh largest developer of apartment complexes in the United States. Although surveys of the properties have not concluded, the cost of remediation is estimated to exceed $20 million. Archstone will also pay $1.4 million in damages and attorneys fees and litigation expenses. <br>The settlement is contained in a Consent Decree, which was approved today by Judge Andre Davis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The case was filed on December 20, 2004. <br>The lawsuit resulted from an investigation, undertaken by civil rights testers from the Equal Rights Center, of Archstone apartment complexes around the country. The testing found evidence that Archstone apartment complexes had steps at entryways, doorways that were too narrow, insufficient turning space in kitchens and bathrooms, and other barriers that prevented persons who use wheelchairs from entering or fully using the apartment units and facilities. <br><br>There are several ways to protect yourself from these vultures, when you need maintenance repair done on your apartment do it in writing! And make a copy for yourself! According to Texas law landlord should make a diligent effort to repair the problem within a reasonable time after receipt of the notice..it states that the law presumes seven days to be a reasonable time. If it takes a second letter to tell the lovely people at Arbor Vista, state in the letter that it is the second time you are writing to them about the same issue and that the problem has not been fixed. Also, it s a good idea to take a friend with you so that way you can say I had a witness! (which is what I did) . That was the only way my problem was resolved!! These vultures do not want people to know their rights as tenants! <br><br>
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