Renewed outrage over Americana roof work Other Issues, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Jun 29, 2009 at 11:01 pm
Residents of the Americana apartment complex say they have been asked to spend the Fourth of July weekend moving out of their apartments to prevent asbestos dust from raining on their belongings during roof work.
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Posted by Americana's resident, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Jun 29, 2009 at 11:01 pm
As a tenant of America, in one of the buildings involved in the roof replacement, I'm still shocked. It's unbelievable how dishonest have being America with their tenants.
Just in my building, three families have just moved in (in less than one month)without any clue about this matter.
Until now, the Manager Linda Rodriguez and assistant manager Arnetta Griffin, keep saying to our faces that "they did not know". As we all learned on a meeting with maintenance supervisor for Prometheus Real Estate Group, last week that they all knew about this construction plan for several months.
We completely believe that they act in bad faith! They did not disclose any information regarding this service when we sigh the lease. Who would rent an apartment knowing that after two weeks of you lease you would be informed that you need to be relocated without access to you house for a month?
But in my opinion, the worst of everything is how careless is Americana regarding the pain and trouble we are going trough. They are not interested in helping us in anyway. Their only concern is protect themselves against another lawsuit.
The last thing that I could not forget to mention, and I believe it's agreed by most of the tenants, is how rude is the management!!!
MOUNTAIN VIEW NEED BETTER TENANTS PROTECTION LAWS!
Posted by MvresidentZ, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Jun 29, 2009 at 11:46 pm
Americana has been home to me for 3 years. How could our owner and management not think about our lives as they planned out the communication of this project months ago? I work from 8 in the morning to midnight. The few hours I spent at home are my only time of peace and quiet. This is being taken away from me by force at my own expense. Prometheus is certainly taking the least professional management approach towards these roof repairs. I do not object to the repairs since those are important. I object to their poor planning and rude behavior towards us.
Speak up Prometheus managers. What do you have to say about your project planning and dishonesty?
Posted by Americana Affected Resident, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Jun 30, 2009 at 3:08 pm
What Prometheus is asking us residents to do is the MOST ridiculous thing I have ever heard in my life.
I completely understand that this roofing project is necessary and required, and I am very much willing to move out of my apartment so work can begin on this project.
But I am not willing to take time off from work, pack everything myself, move into the temporary Guest Suite, unpack all my belongings, and then do the entire run-around again after three weeks.
If Prometheus wants cooperation from the Americana Residents, they must be willing to listen, understand our concerns and make life easier for us. This includes providing movers to help pack and move our belongings, providing equivalent utilities / amenities in the Guest Suites or reimbursing us for utilities, and waiving our rent for as long as we are in the Guest Suites.
That is the LEAST that they can do for all the inconvenience that we have to go through.
What is even more frustrating is that we have not heard anything from Prometheus since the meeting last Thursday. Building 6 third floor residents are not planning to move this weekend as they were "demanded" to do so. So as of now, no one knows how Prometheus will proceed.
Lastly I would like to echo what the residents already said above: there was no planning at all, Prometheus is being extremely rude to us residents, and did not inform residents who moved in 3 weeks ago that this project would start shortly.
Given the previous episodes with Prometheus and Americana that have been quoted in this article, it is clear that Prometheus strongly believes in fradulent and dishonest business practices.
Posted by Kevin, a resident of another community, on Jun 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm
I used to live at Americana and moved out a year after Promethius took over. They suck. Used to be a nice place to liuve until they took over. We had a fire in our building and after being escorted out by fire department we were not let back in for 3 weeks, due to Asbestos levels.
Posted by Claudia, a resident of another community, on Jun 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm
The Americana is an old trap! Donít think of moving in there if you are looking for a safe and comfortable home. The management, both the corporate office and the local leasing office, are disrespectful of tenants rights, greedy, dishonest and impudent.
They told some friends of mine who just moved in there they did not know this HUGE maintenance work was about to happen. Can you believe it?
The elevators break down daily and cars are often broken into because there is no security. Two friends of mine who lived there a few years ago had their cars broken into.
I hope justice will prevail and tenants will be treated as human beings who have family and pay a lease to live there. Tenants should be compensated for this unfair and unacceptable situation.