MONTROSE -- StarPoint Properties, LLC, a property owner under investigation by the Glendale City Attorney's Office for retaliatory evictions of tenants at its Montrose apartment building, decided on Wednesday to give all current tenants a $200 rent rebate — a gesture some tenants likened to a "cruel joke."
The letter, sent to tenants on Wednesday, referred to the $200 as a "token of [StarPoint's] appreciation" for tenants' cooperation during ongoing construction work at the 2121 Valderas Drive site. The gesture was also intended as an apology, according to David Seiler, vice president of operations for StarPoint.
"We didn't treat our residents with the respect they deserved," Seiler said. "If we had to do it over again, we would. We're not going to make best friends tomorrow, but we want to go through the process of gaining more respect from the residents."