Some time ago, you moved into an apartment complex. You liked the thought of living there because, after touring the place, you fell in love with its gym, loved the fact that they had a sauna and a steam room in the bathroom by the pool, and expected to spend many a weekend afternoon sunbathing by the pool. Also, the apartments seemed to have been recently remodeled and had the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you were looking for. You expected to live there stress-free and thought it would offer you a nice place to relax and unwind after a hard day on the job.
Moving in, there were some things that caused you to be anxious. You hoped you would be able to get along with your neighbors and would not have to endure endless nights listening to very loud music. You hoped that when you inspected the windows and doors, the thermostat and smoke detectors, the lighting and flooring, the kitchen and bathrooms, no problems would ever arise.
Of course, never in a million years could you have foreseen that the stairs taking you to your floor would be so rickety that you would end up falling down them; or that you would be the victim of some crime by either one of your neighbors or a perfect stranger who snuck into the complex. You could also never have imagined that your apartment would have a rodent infestation, that you would uncover mold or have moisture problems. You also never wanted to have to be dealing with gas leaks in your kitchen or plumbing problems in the bathroom. The list, as you may well imagine, can be quite extensive and the problems very hard or even impossible to live with. What can you do?
Knowing the name of the property management company is a good first step. You can then file a suit against them in the state’s Superior Court in cases where injuries or property damage were severe. If not, a claim can be filed with the Small Claims Court.
You may find, however, that the management company is a limited liability company with no listed owners. If this is the case, you have to identify a real party, otherwise, you will have no obvious way of bringing suit.
An experienced real estate attorney can help you pierce the wall of the LLC or, if that turns out to be impossible, conclude that pursuing your claim will, in the end, turn out to be impractical. What else can you do? You may want to take a step back and approach your management office directly. Ask to be compensated for whatever damage or injury you suffered. You may be pleasantly surprised by the response and, as a result, discover that you can actually continue living there without any unpleasant repercussions.
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