Good advice, Citizen. I did so this afternoon, including hand-delivering them the following letter:
Originally Posted by Citizen
Dear Ms. X:
In response to your May 9, 2011 Notice of Non-Renewal of Lease and Notice to Vacate Premises, I require full disclosure with respect to all reasons as to why you or Griffis Blessing is choosing not to renew my lease.
Ms. X is the apartment complex manager.
In addition, I sent the following letter to her three more people up the chain higher than her:
Dear Ms. Y:
This afternoon I discovered a "Notice of Non-Renewal of Lease and Notice to Vacate Premises" taped to my door. To say that I was surprised would be an understatement.
I am an honest, law-abiding citizen, and served my country honorably as an officer in the United States Air Force for more than 20 years, half of which I've lived in apartment complexes, much the same as I did during the seven years prior to entering military service. I've never been denied a rental. I've never been evicted. I've never been fired from a job. I've never been charged with anything more serious than a simple speeding ticket, the last one of which occurred more than a decade ago. Finances are tight at the moment, but I'm able to make rent every month, and am actively seeking gainful employment to supplement my retirement income.
I retired in 2009, and examined more than 20 properties here in Colorado Springs before I settled on Grand River Canyon, both for it's location as well as the view. I've paid my rent on time more than 90% of the time, and on the few occasions where I was a day or two late, I paid the appropriate late fees, to the financial advantage of Grand River Canyon Apartments/Griffis Blessing.
I'm also active in my church, which includes a Friday morning Bible study held every Friday at 6:15 am.
I've moved on average every two years while serving our country, and the LAST thing I wanted to do was move again!
Aside from a downstairs tenant who moved in late January or early February who has consistently and repetitively violated both the smoking lease addendum as well as local noise ordinances, I've been largely pleased by Grand River Canyon.
I would like to know why, in detail, you're choosing not to renew my lease?
Ms. Y is the VP for the company, and sits three levels higher than the apartment complex manager.