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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Scandalous Stuy Town "Restoration" Charges Post-Move Out
The Lux Living blog has been shinning the light on the outrageous charges that one couple have to pay after moving out of their Stuyvesant town apartment. Not only was their $2,500 security deposit withheld, but they were told they had to pay extra charges of over $1,300 for leaving their apartment--in a clean state! (When you vacate an apartment, you have to leave it in the condition you acquired it.)
This couple did a smart thing before they moved, however. (Hey, they must have known how this place is run!) They photographed their apartment and even had Oval Concierge clean it!
Something is very wrong here and needs to be not only addressed by Rose Associates (and our old pals Tishman Speyer), but corrected.
Thanks to the efforts of Lux at the Lux Living blog, the above issue has been settled in favor of the couple that was charged with a heft bill. Their security deposit will be returned and there will be no additional charges.
Of course this still leaves the question of how such a bill came to be in the first place--and another question--is this kind of excessive billing Standard Operating Procedure? I've heard it is among landlords, but whoever manages this complex should be above those kind of shenanigans.
Anyway, a positive end.