Tenant voices concerns about unanticipated notice to vacate from Granite

The tenant first received notice that her lease would be upheld by the new management company. But on July 31st, she received a second notice to vacate within the month.

Posted: Aug 3, 2020 10:49 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2020 6:26 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Some tenants at the Wisteria Apartment complex in West Lafayette are left with having to find a new place to live. This comes after Granite Student Living took over managing the complex and is re-branding it Qube Apartments.

"I was, like shocked, like what?" 

That was the reaction of a tenant of Wisteria Apartments when she received a notice to vacate her apartment. She agreed to talk with News 18 anonymously.

"I've lived there about three years, I moved up from Indianapolis to Lafayette and it's the perfect place for me because I can walk to different places," She said. She added she appreciates the diversity of people who live in the complex. She said there are everything from international Purdue students to retired people who have lived there long before her.

She said this all started just after July 4th when a notice appeared on the complex's office door saying there is new management.

"Soon after that we received a notice from them, from Granite, saying that the terms of the lease we have signed are going to be upheld by the new management, so that was reassuring," she said.

But that reassuring feeling didn't last long. 

"And then the next week we got the notice of lease terminations," she said. The second notice was given on out on July 31st. "It says the final day by which you must vacate is August 31st at 12pm."

You can find pictures of both notices at the bottom of this web story.

News 18 offered leaders at Granite the chance to speak on camera about this issue. They declined and instead sent us a written statement about the decision. 

"As third-party property manager for the former Wisteria, now re-branded Qube apartments, Granite is performing their fiduciary responsibility to the new owner along with exercising professional customer service.

It is crucial to get the facts straight at the outset, before any mis-information is allowed to take root. When Granite takes over property management with a new client, inherited leases do remain in effect. There are a few leases the property owner does not desire to extend because of the excessively poor condition of the particular units, however, a significant majority of the property's residents do have the opportunity to stay.

In addition, in certain cases where there were written leases in place, due to the impending major renovation and associated disruption normally accompanying construction, Granite did OFFER residents the opportunity to be released from their current lease agreement."

Our source said she saw the vacate notice on every door except for one or two units she assumes are not occupied. The notice said she has to vacate for a "major renovation project."

News 18 asked our source if she felt her unit was in an "excessively poor condition." She responded definitely not, and that her apartment is not luxury, but it is comfortable. She also said she did not receive any offer to be released from her contract, however she said she does not have email. Being on a month-to-month lease, she acknowledged that she doesn't have much legal ground.

"Are you concerned about finding another place to live?" we asked. "Yes, yes very much," she replied.

She said she has family she can rely on in the mean time, but she worries about the other tenants, some who are older people.

"It's kind of a shoddy way to treat people who lived and paid their rent in a place for years especially in the middle of the pandemic, to give them such short notice," she said.

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