As a renter for 38 years, I’ve endured loud, predatory neighbors, do-nothing management companies, repairs that don’t get made, buildings not up to code, government agencies paid off by building owners and managers to let their buildings continue to be substandard, and more.
I’ve had building managers call me at my apartment yelling at me to leave if I don’t like it there. I’ve been lied to by managers, insulted, told that I didn’t deserve repairs I’ve requested, and even had one management company (finally sued out of existence) try to pull retaliatory eviction on me for reporting them to government agencies.
Repeatedly, I’ve asked politicians this question and received no answer — why is there no watchdog agency for apartment management companies to protect tenants from their machinations? The question remains unaddressed while the problems rage on.