San Jose
Residence Type: 
20 or more units
Landlord Type: 
Private Landlord -- Rent Control

Hi. After speaking with my on-site manager about the condition of my kitchen sink (pic attached), I sent her pictures on January 16, 2009. I explained to her that it needed re-glazing. It had been scheduled to be repaired approx. August, 2008, however I ended up in the emergency and had the order canceled as I was afraid to go home to the fumes. She mentioned to me how her sink was chipping some as well since she started working here a few months ago. The on-site manager contacted the property management company, Prodesse Property Group. The manager then told me that they said that the tenants do not, sometimes, clean properly, and because I was such a good tenant, they would re-glaze my sink, but ONLY if I signed a 6-month lease as I was paying below market rate for my apartment. I have been living in this building for over 4 years now (once in another apartment). I did not sign another lease this past time because they did not offer any break on the price if you signed or didn't sign a lease. I sent them an email on January 26th to the property management group telling them that I should not have work done that is needed because we have rent control in San Jose. Many of the tenants have this issue. Well, on this past Thursday (the, I got home and smelled a terrible smell, went downstairs to find that the on-site manager had just gotten her sink re-glazed. Such a slap in the face! By the way, I ended up with a headache as well because the glaze they use comes up through the pipes to upstairs where I live. Can I do anything? I am fearful that they will try to blame me for the sink when I do decide to move. As you can see from the pic, it looked horrible and in the middle of the pic you can see where it just keeps peeling and peeling like crazy, layer by layer. I did notice that everything they have told me has been done in person and not in writing. I can share my emails with you if necessary. Please help in any way you can. I have many, many pics. Thanks, Katherine

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