Broadcrest Foothill Apartment Homes
It isn’t often I get to send an entire company to Hell, but this is an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up. Just this afternoon My local news reported that the State of Connecticut wants to ban the those small glass tubes with the miniature rose inside, because they are really just poorly disguised crack pipes. They interviewed a local store owner, who complained that it would hurt his profits. My wish for him is higher profits and a crackhead daughter or son.
But I digress
Carlos Ortiz recently received a bill for $2,821 from Broadcrest Foothill Apartment Homes, the landlords of his ex-wife Alicia Ortiz’s apartment in Upland, California. The bill was for rent and penalties incurred when she broke her lease with the company back in December of 2008. He had co-signed for her, and since she seems to be unable to pay herself, Carlos got stuck with the tab.
You’re probably saying to yourself, “Hey now Max, that doesn’t sound unreasonable at all, much less Hellworthy.” Yeah, you wouldn’t think so, would you?
Except Alicia Ortiz is, or was, the Sister-In-Law of Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, the asshole who dressed up like Santa Claus, crashed his In-Laws Christmas party, shot eight people to death in cold blood and burned the house down with a homemade flamethrower. Mrs. Ortiz and her 17-year-old son were among the dead.
You folks remember Bruce, don’t you – YoMomma did an excellent write-up on him back in January. Click here if you’d like to re-read that story.
So, to summarize, Broadcrest Foothill Apartment Homes wants Mr. Ortiz to pay $2,821 because his his ex-wife got herself murdered by a psychopath, thereby breaking her lease with the company. Since they can’t get the money from a dead person, they’re trying to get it from one of her surviving relatives.
Says Carlos Ortiz, “I just don’t understand it.”
Neither do I Mr. Ortiz, but, believe me when I say this, if I had the money, I’d pay the bill for you right now. On the off chance that you might read this story, my hope is that our symbolic casting of Broadcrest Foothill Apartment Homes into Hell brings a smile to your face.
UPDATE 02/14/2009 – Real estate company will not pursue rental dispute with massacre victim’s family
courtesy of The San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Family members of Covina massacre victim Alice Ortiz will not have to pay fines and penalties on a broken lease after all.
Officials with Alliance Rental Company, which manages Broadstone Foothill Apartment homes in Upland, said the company will no longer seek $2,800 from Ortiz’s daughters or her ex-husband.
“The company did not plan to pursue and will not pursue that,” Alliance spokeswoman Marcia Scott said Thursday.
But a Jan. 29, itemized invoice sent to Ortiz’s survivors and stamped “balance due” indicated the dead woman’s estate owed $1,655 to the apartment community for “insufficient notice to vacate.”
It billed Ortiz for 12 days’ rent and other fees accrued weeks after she was murdered.
When asked about sending the bill with a balance due to the surviving family, Scott said it is “part of California law to send out a closing statement.” (For a look at the bill, click here)
“We at Alliance Residential provide our deepest sympathies to relatives of the victims in the horrible crime committed in (Covina),” according to a statement released by the company Thursday.
Attorney Scott Nord said the matter was handled inappropriately. Nord represents the surviving family members of the Christmas Eve massacre.
“The family appreciates that it has been resolved,” Nord said. “We wish it could’ve been handled in a different manner. It’s shocking the attitude the company took.”
Ortiz lived for about a year in the gated apartment complex with her three children, Michael, Monique and Cecily.
Alice and Michael Ortiz were among nine family members killed on Christmas Eve by Bruce Pardo, the disgruntled former husband of Alice’s sister, Sylvia. Also killed were Alice’s parents, Joseph and Alicia Ortega; her brothers Charles and James Ortega; and their wives, Cheri and Theresa.
After news of the rental dispute became public, the community outcry was overwhelming, Nord said.
“People were sending in e-mails about their outrage,” Nord said. “Even somebody from Florida e-mailed about how outrageous it was.”
Nord also got several offers to help the family pay the rental bill.
Several creditors and businesses have worked with and helped the family concerning expenses left behind by the victims.
“There are a lot of ways to handle this,” Nord said. “The way this company did wasn’t the right way.”
(end of article)
I just want to quote a comment a lady named Cathy made on the LA News website:
Doing the right thing at the end is never good enough. It shows they were not sensitive or even good examples of a caring community when they dared to see, fishing around with notices, if they could squeeze that traumatized family for almost 3,000! What a disgusting company
I’d like to shake to shake this lady’s hand. No way does this get Broadcrest Foothill Apartment Homes off the hook, for all the reason’s noted in Cathy’s quote, and because I just think they suck.
Thanks to my good friend Mazzi for letting us know about Broadcrest Foothill Apartment Homes “change of heart”.
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