For Immediate Release: December 15, 2020
Tenants of Bedford and Victoria Station Apartments hold open house to expose substandard living conditions
HYATTSVILLE, MD — Immigrant advocacy organization CASA, in solidarity with tenants of Bedford and Victoria Station Apartments, continue the “We Can’t Pay” rent campaign with a media open house to show the substandard apartment conditions they live in. Ahead of the national eviction moratorium end date of December 31, tenants will share how the COVID-19 pandemic has crippled their ability to pay rent and how maintenance requests for the substandard conditions of the apartments frequently go ignored.
Tenants of Bedford and Victoria Station Apartments in Prince George’s County have tried every way possible to speak with the owners, Arbor Management Acquisition Company, and management, ROSS Management Co., through email, phone call, and mail concerning reasonable rent abatement and better maintenance — but have been unsuccessful.
In October, tenants marched to the management office to deliver a final letter asking the management company to meet to discuss a mutually beneficial agreement for tenants and the company. CASA and the tenants have yet to hear back from Arbor Management Acquisition Company or ROSS Management.
WHAT: Press conference and media open house with apartment tenants of “We Can’t Pay Today” Rent Campaign
WHEN: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 @ 11:00 am Eastern Time
WHERE: 8151 15th Avenue, Langley Park, MD 20783. The CASA office multi-purpose room. Face masks must be worn covering the nose and mouth and social distancing must be followed.
Street parking is available in the neighborhood.
WHO: Bedford and Victoria Station Apartment Tenants and Advocates, Prince George’s County Council Chair Calvin Hawkins, CASA Executive Director Gustavo Torres
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many tenants have lost their jobs and therefore their incomes. Despite these circumstances, many tenants have continued to pay rent but at the cost of not putting food on the table or borrowing money from friends and family and going into debt. Some families are already in thousands of dollars of debt because they have been borrowing money to pay rent.
Conditions in the Bedford and Victoria Station apartments are substandard and maintenance requests frequently go ignored. Meanwhile, the owners, Arbor Management Acquisition Company, rake in compensation with little regard for the tenants that pay them. The owners and managers (ROSS Management Co.) show little interest in remedying violations but great interest in pressuring rent payments with no interest in meeting with tenants. The tenants are asking for the owners to negotiate in good faith with tenants and discuss a mutually beneficial agreement for tenants and the company, as authorized by county and state law. The tenants ask the owners for reasonable rent abatement, better maintenance, and no rent increases/evictions for a year.
With over 100,000 members across the states of Maryland, Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania, CASA is the largest member-based Latino and immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region. Visit us at www.wearecasa.org and follow us on Twitter at @CASAforall