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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 06, 2012 6:30 AM

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Crack down on apartment scams

I am a parent and spent eight hours cleaning my son's apartment the end of July. My gut was to not pay the last month's rent because we had heard and had some issues with Michael's Properties.

I just received the statement and [Michael's Properties] charged us $55 for two batteries for the smoke detectors. [Michael's] also has another scam where it charges each unit more than $350 for the courtyard clean up in which my son was no part of and refused to sign a paper incriminating himself.

It not only deducted from the security deposit but also added $40 per month for non-payment. I took pictures in July, and the courtyard was disgusting. My son hadn't been there for two months, so it couldn't have been him. They charged us for cleaning — $175. Supposedly a hole in two doors for $398, but there were no holes.

Also, more than $450 for painting that they should do anyway.  Please tell me, how I can get in on this class-action suit?  Is there someone I need to call?

My husband and I spent more than eight hours cleaning everything — top to bottom. They didn't need a cleaning crew to come in and clean, and I really doubt they even did. I took pictures of the apartment after it was cleaned and the courtyard. This agency needs to be put out of business. It kept more than $2,200 of our security deposit. Iowa City needs to hear about this company. The university should also get involved.

They also make only one tenant responsible for the rent — one check each month so you have no proof of paying rent, other than making a deposit each month into that person's account.

There is so much more but not enough space to write.

Kim Lally


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