Renters Complain About Building Conditions in Prince George's County

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    NBCWashington.com

    Residents of three apartment buildings in Prince George’s County are dealing with problems ranging from holes in the ceiling to bed bugs.

    Renters at the Bedford Station, Victoria Station and Newbury Square apartments off University Boulevard in Langley Park, Md., took their protests to property management.

    “We’re not being responded to -- a crisis that’s now even to the point of a civil rights crisis,” said Elizabeth Clark of CASA de Maryland.

    The three properties were foreclosed and acquired by Walker and Dunlop, an out-of-town investment bank managed by the Laramar Group with offices in the West and Midwest.

    In addition to bed bugs, other infestations have been reported. There also have been reports of lead poisoning due to the paint. Residents say they only way they can get management to respond is to go to court.

    Sandra Lopez said her floors have been stripped to the support beams for a year. Work to replace the floors started, then stopped. With the apartment below missing a ceiling, Lopez can see right through spaces between the beams.

    “One of the other men that lived here, he was standing there and he almost fell through because of the huge hole,” Lopez said with Clark translating for her.

    Extra support is in place to cover up that potential hazard.

    There are also complaints about the armed security that patrols the apartments. One resident and his father say he was beaten by them because he didn’t have ID.

    “I asked him to please stop because my kids were in the window looking and they started crying, and he told me they didn’t care my kids were looking,” Jose Santos said, with Clark translating.

    Security directed News4 to management who referred News4 to a spokesperson who did not return calls.

    A county spokesman said they’re aware of the issues and found more than 100 violations when touring the property. They’ve given the management group until Oct. 20 to get them fixed. If significant progress is not made, the next step could be court.