Residents upset with apartment conditions

September 10, 2009 7:07:39 PM PDT
East Palo Alto's largest landlord is having financial problems and as a result, tenants are complaining of deplorable health conditions. The San Mateo County Health Department is now involved.

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Page Mill Property residents are outraged and disgusted by what's happening in their apartment complexes. In the past two to four weeks, they say maintenance of the buildings has been nonexistent and management has disappeared.

"On a daily basis I know our elevators are filthy, with urine and feces. And I came home one day and the man hole was spitting up feces," said Natasha Stewart, a resident.

When tenants went to the Page Mill management office to complain, it was empty. Many even saw a truck moving out office furniture last week.

ABC7 spoke with one building manager on Tuesday. She said off camera that her office was closed Friday, Saturday and Monday. She had no idea why. Then Tuesday she was told to come back to work.

At the same time, a letter went out to tenants, apologizing for the interruption in service.

Page Mill blamed Wells Fargo for freezing its accounts after it missed a $50 million payment. But now that the bank has given the company access to some funds, Page Mill promises, maintenance issues will be resolved.

"I don't feel better. I just want to get out of here," said Tiffany Bui, a resident.

One resident reported a mold problem, while another one has fleas. Both have reported Page Mill to the county's environmental health department who reports they are sending out inspectors on Thursday.

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