Residents complain about poor conditions in Alex Rodriguez’s Maryland apartments
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has quite a bit on his plate at the moment. There’s the ongoing injury saga between him and the team. He is also at the center of the Biogenesis scandal and could reportedly be facing a lifetime ban from baseball for his involvement. Now, we can add complaints about his apartment complexes to the list.
The Washington Post ran a story on Wednesday about apartment complexes in Prince Georges County, Md., which were sold to A-Rod’s management company, Newport Property Ventures, last spring. According to several residents, the conditions in some of the apartments are unlivable.
A resident named Blanca Genis claims her oven has not worked in four years and a gas smell often fills her small kitchen. Ana Ramirez, a neighbor of Genis, says her electricity sometimes shuts off when she tries to cool her apartment with fans and a window air conditioner. Ana Ramirez claims it got so hot in one of the complexes last Friday that the residents slept outside — something they have done before.
“It is very hot, Ramirez said. “We are miserable.”
“We are in America,” Silva told The Washington Post while showing off broken pipes and leaky faucets. “We have rights.”
Residents have reportedly filed hundreds of complaints about rodents, mold, crumbling ceilings, and other issues. Politicians in Maryland have been working to pass bills that would help find buyers to rehab moderately priced apartments and keep rents affordable. This is clearly a problem with several apartment complexes in the area, not just the one owned by Rodriguez.
In reality, Rodriguez probably knows very little about the apartments he owns in Maryland. I’m sure it’s just another investment that a financial advisor or someone similar handled for him. That being said, the fact that A-Rod owns the units is giving people another chance to kick him while he’s down. Whether he deserves it or not is open to your interpretation.
H/T Hardball Talk