Ionia Residents Surprised By Eviction Warnings

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

85 renters, many of whom are elderly, some on fixed incomes and others receiving government aid to pay for housing are being told they'll have to find a new place to live if they don't pay their rent. The problem is, they did. Confusion between the old and new management companies have residents worried about their future.

"I thought what the heck is this," said Marcia Sweet, who lives at the apartments.

"I couldn't believe it, because I sent them my rent," said Phyllis Redvict, another resident.

The renters at Bellview received a "demand for possession" notice. It's the first step in a two-month legal process that landlords take to evict bad renters.

"Today's my birthday," said Redvict. "And I got an eviction notice."

For residents like Redvict, who receive government aid to help with the rent, the notice came as a shock.

"They should have checked into the housing thing before they sent out all these notices," she said. "You know some of these people are really old. What if they got the notice and had a heart attack, you know?"

Redvict is not alone in her frustration. Just a few doors down, Marcia Sweet's husband is struggling with cancer.

"Just a little more stress than I needed. Yeah, basically. And he didn't need it at all, so, it just adds to the day-to-day stress that we have right now." said Sweet.

Mark Hentamn, the owner of MTH, the property management company, said the company is dealing with the issue right now and reviewing it's information. He said the only reason why the legal notices were sent to many of the resident's was as a first step in the legal process to protect the building owner. He says any property management company would do the same.

Some of the billing issues were caused by poor communication during the management company changes that happened on August 1. He said the previous company that managed the buildings didn't give them all the records showing tenants had paid. MTH had sent out the notices before the company was informed off all the payments.

"I don't think it's necessary to send that stuff out, they should be more on top of it so that they know that you've paid your rent for heaven's sakes," said Sweet.

The renters hope MTH will resolve the billing issues, before taking paying renters to court.

Some of the renters we spoke to complained about cockroaches in their apartments and other maintenance issues. MTH says it's doing it's job.

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  • by betsey Location: ionia on Sep 15, 2012 at 03:21 PM
    not true anne- if you read the previous post you could see that they were not givent he appropriate information- KMG is the one to blame- thank you MTH for finally arriving- i'm sure the legitimate tenants will have noting to worry about- and shame on Patty priest- previous managers sister for causing drama where it doesnt belong- happy tenant
  • by Phil Location: Here at Belleview on Sep 15, 2012 at 04:44 AM
    I live here and its great. MTH just took over and are taking control which is a good thing. They have stepped up grounds work, some maint., and repairs are being doing although not as fast as some espect. A lot of things seems to be changing for the good. MTH's biggest problem is, they were left with hardly anything to work with from prior KMG Prestige Management. Which the formal crew was seen by a few, getting rid of things and puposely with intent trying to erase things. Along with other criminal acts involing postal deliveies of checks and what nots. MTH is trying... some residents just cant get use to change and hate on MTH. thus why the news was called. Investigate KMG Prestige and witnesses instead. I guaranty you will find something. I myself was asked to sign papers with forging a past date on forms. Talk to the postal delivery woman about Harassment for checks at the end. I'm glad that they (KMG) is gone.
  • by M Location: EL on Sep 14, 2012 at 09:11 PM
    MTH was not given all the information from the previous mgt company, & was not made aware of this until after notices went out. They were assured they had all the information at the Aug 1 changeover. It was not an eviction notice, just a "7 day" notice to pay or else they MAY be taken to court. I think the residents should have been concerned, but the dramatic reation that was taken was tooo much. They freaked when they didn't need to. Relax, MTH has a good reputation with it's tenants..give them a chance to get things straightened out that the OLD management company screwed up, including the maintenance issues!!
  • by Anne Location: Michigan on Sep 14, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    The new management company claims any would have done the same? Not true. Any competent management company would have known that 85 out of 96 tenants not paying was way too high a number and checked their facts before harassing them...
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