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New management for Bethany Group Renters
as Expert steps in

05:30 PM Mountain Standard Time on Sunday, March 8, 2009
azfamily.com

VIDEO: Residents Still Wary

PHOENIX – The economy has gotten the best of The Bethany Group, the owner of 13 apartment complexes in the Valley

Issues with the company left renters with trash piling up and the threat of a water shut-off. On Sunday dozens of upset families met with an expert hoping to find answers and it seems there may be light at the end of the tunnel for families who say they have been left in the dark for weeks.

Thomas and Jesseca Gadson are expecting a baby in the next few months but rather than relaxing at home, they are at a meeting worried that soon they will not have a place to go home to.

Thomas tells 3TV, “It's been crazy, you know. People don’t know if the hot water is going to be on or if the water in general is going to be on."

The couple lives at Tela Verde. They say The Bethany Group stopped with property maintenance weeks ago. They recently received a letter on their door that said the water would be shut off on Monday.

The Gadsons would just move, but the cash-strapped couple is having a hard time finding a new place in their price range at such sort notice. Jesseca explains, “We just paid rent...and you have to put deposits down to live somewhere and you can’t do that if you just paid rent."

Ken Volk tells 3TV, “Landlords are stealing your money when they don’t return your deposits." Volk is with Arizona Tenants Advocates, and he organized the event at The Coves at Newport to explain to the frustrated families their options and their rights in this situation.

However, in the middle of the meeting community managers from both The Coves and Tela Verde showed up to explain that, just this weekend, all 13 of the apartment complexes are under new management and there will be no water shut-offs.

Cameo Dawn, a manager at The Coves, said, "From here on out it’s all going to be a brighter day."

Nevertheless, most of the residents remained suspicious. Justin Perry, one of the renters admits, “We better go find a place to live because I don’t trust a word she says."

3TV is told the apartments were put into court-appointed receivership. The apartments are now under different companies.

Several of the properties like The Coves at Newport, Granite Bay and Scottsdale Springs are now under a management company called 707.

original article on azfamily.com

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