Seniors at downtown complex give landlord earful

Posted at 5:26 PM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 20:35:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Residents at downtown's Luther Tower senior affordable housing complex say their life has been anything but peaceful recently. 

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The 14-story building has one working elevator - and they say it breaks often because construction workers renovating the building are placing too much stress on it. It creates an unsafe situation for disabled residents on upper floors. The construction noise, they say, is also constant throughout the day. 

"We should not be in this building while the construction demolition work they call renovation is going on," said resident David Stephens. 

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Now, their living situation is even more stressful. Residents got a notice on their door that they would have to leave 10-hours a day for five days with no compensation so crews could replace balcony railings. 

"We have no place to go," Stephens said. 

Residents brought their concerns to their landlord, Royal Property Management, which apologized for the inconvenience. The company wouldn't allow media into the meeting Thursday, but resident Carol Clark said they would arrange for food and day tours for those displaced during the balcony railing replacement.   

They will also limit hours that construction crews use elevators.

"Everybody's doing the best they can. Management is doing the best they can," said resident Rufus Williams. 

The company also said it would provide better notice in the future.