Tenants in NW Portland protest property management, saying living conditions are poor

Tenants of the Yards Apartments in Northwest Portland protest property management Wednesday, April 10, 2019 saying building conditions have gotten worse. (KATU Photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. —

Some tenants of an affordable apartment complex in Northwest Portland held a protest Wednesday against what they say is mismanagement of the property.

Tenants of the Yards Apartments say they’re living in poor conditions.

The apartments are owned by Home Forward and managed by Income Property Management, or IPM.

They’re designated as affordable housing for people making 60% or less of the area median income.

According to residents, the building conditions have gotten worse since the companies took over management in 2013. They say their complaints about security and mold, rats and cockroaches have gone unanswered.

“The management company just kind of turns a blind eye,” said Brian Jackson, a tenant at the Yards. “It’s all about saving money for the owners. We go to the owners and they just kind of give us the runaround as well.”

The tenants delivered a list of their demands to the management company Wednesday.

In a statement Home Forward said in part it takes the safety of its residents “very seriously,” saying, “We are working together to improve safety at the Yards. We understand that there is more work to be done and we will continue to partner with our residents and IPM to find productive solutions.”

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