Responding to the unidentified pamphleteer who went door to door over the weekend distributing warnings of an impending demolition for The Place Apartments at 1341 Castle Ct., the 90-unit complex’s new management responded early this week with its own tenant missive. The politely worded note from property manager Lori Lindley of newly hired Greystar responds point-by-point to the issues raised in the original flyer, namely that 1) tenants will get a “document stating the amount due,” not an eviction notice, if they’re a few days late with rent payments; 2) the management office is now closed on weekends; 3) online and drop-box payment options offered by the previous management company are no longer available; 4) a recent utility bill was distributed late to tenants only because of the recent change in ownership; and 5) the biggie: “The property was purchased with the intent to do a lease down. However, it is not our goal to evict any resident . . . We are currently renewing leases through 4/30/2014; should this change we will notify all residents accordingly.”
“You may have noticed the improvements that we have made to the community since acquiring it last month. It is our goal to have all our valued residents enjoy their time at The Place,” writes Lindley of the 3-courtyard complex hugging the northern border of the Southwest Fwy. Some residents do appear not to have noticed; Swamplot has heard complaints about the recent removal of the complex’s hot tub, the exit of the complex’s full-time maintenance worker and day porter, a resulting greenish tint in the pool, and some messes left in public areas after recent repairs.
The complex was purchased on October 28th by an entity controlled by Dallas real estate firm and apartment developer Encore Enterprises.