Tenants say they’re getting kicked out for speaking out about conditions

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10 months ago, News 8 told you about a Hamden apartment complex where tenants were complaining about the conditions. While those conditions have improved, some of those tenants now say they are getting kicked out for speaking out…to News 8.

“It’s obviously the retaliation aspect because my wife was willing to speak out against them,” said Adolfo Figueroa, who lives in Hamden’s Seramonte Estates, for now.

It was July of 2018 when several tenants of Hamden’s Serramonte Estates complained to News 8 about conditions in their buildings. Things like mold, awful smells, and broken elevators. 10 months later, things have definitely improved. The complaint now is that the people who complained to us are not getting their leases renewed.

“Upon speaking out, they hold grudges, they’re not forgiving and, more or less, they evicted anybody that they possibly can,” said Figueroa.

Adolfo and his wife, Maria, got their notice two weeks ago. They have to be out when their lease is up at the end of July.

“Which is their right,” Adolfo admits. “It’s unfortunate considering the fact that, more or less, we’ve never been late with our rent. We’ve never had any other complaints.”

A manager in the leasing office says Jacqueline Battles, one of the people who spoke out last year in the News 8 story is still living here, and very happy about it.

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That manager echoed the fact that there have been a lot of improvements in the last 10 months, and a lot fewer complaints. She also said that the reason the Figueroas’ lease had not been renewed was because they wrote online posts and emails saying they did not want to live here anymore.

Maria says that’s a lie. She even inquired about upgrading to a bigger unit. She planned to stay in Seramonte Estates until her son finished high school.

She says she will keep complaining about things like the security gate that’s been out of commission for a long time, and the potholes. There are lots of them. Management says those will be fixed soon.

“I’m advocating for a bunch of people who are afraid,” Maria said. “I’ve called a few people and they’re scared. They need to stay. I need to stay too. I don’t have the money to take this expense on, but I have to do what I have to do.”

There were other tenants who also had complaints, but did not want to go on camera. Meanwhile the manager is very upset about the complaints and disputes just about all of them. She says Seramonte is trying very hard to improve its reputation.

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