Earlier this year I had rec’d a letter asking me to renew my lease and than 3 days later rec’d another letter stating “We are not renewing your lease.” No reason provided, no nothing. I got Housing Authority and an Attorney through Legal Aid involved and the route the Attorney decided to go with my case was a Reasonable Accomodation Under ADA as both my son and I are disabled. The Accomodation was accepted by PenMar but ONLY if I signed a Release stating I wouldn’t sue them in a court of law. My attorney through Legal Aid told me that it would just be for this particular case which was when I enacted my right to do a Tenant Holding Over in rebuttal to their letter because I know I had enough proof to file against them for wrongful termination of lease, livability housing codes, etc….but since I had resided there for almost 12 years and they couldn’t even give me a reason for not renewing my lease I had talked in great detail with my attorney and told him the wording of the release I signed bothered me because the wording could cost me my Security Deposit. That attorney I had assured me it was only for that particular case and if something happened with my Security Deposit I would be able to take the appropriate actions. I am finding now that I was not told the truth. I filed a complaint with Consumer Protection Agency through State’s Attorney’s Office. Initially with my complaint PenMar was forced to give me back $260 of my $1085 Sec. Deposit plus interest in that figure. When rightfully they should have given me back $495.00 of that entire Security Deposit plus interest. Their rebuttal with initial payment showed charges for things that they never fixed that had been not only reported to The Housing Authority, but to the Housing Inspector that the Authority has in my area and to their own maintenance staff. So I faxed back a rebuttal with explainations and proof and since PenMar got so to speak, “caught with their pants down in a lie over something they charged my deposit for.” they rebutted with the Release Agreement I signed. So now my case has been closed because of that release and to me since it was through Consumer Protection Agency I had every right to file a rebuttal and ask for the money still due. Only good thing about the entire process is that complaint will be on file for the public eye now. Now to me that is a really shady business practice to keep someone’s deposit that you know for a fact you owe what they say but you just want to keep as much of that deposit as you can because that is how PenMar is. Shady, shady and shady. I am not the only resident they have ever done this to and I absolutely know I will not be the last. I will be encouraging anyone who moves out that I know to file complaint after complaint on them wherever they can legally because maybe if so many people complain maybe something will be done about this shady shady business. Typical and Prime Example of a LandLord who wishes to keep the Security Deposit as what they call “their rightful income.” when truthfully it is not. I know many come to this site though so I felt the need to exercise my right to report these folks for what they truly are when it comes to their residents. .
This complaint and/or review was posted on HolySmoke.org on 10:14 am, September 29, 2017 (CST) and is a permanent record located at: https://www.holysmoke.org/scam/penmar-development-corporation-review/.
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