The City of Perinton is suing Pines of Perinton in court

This isn’t our first interview with Porter or her family. She says nearly six months later, her family, including other renters, are still waiting for code violations to be fixed. It should have happened to bring it to court.

“The fact that they actually pulled it off is good, but you have to know that probably every apartment in it will have to be appraised by the city.”

City officials say the violations currently documented are water leaks, drywall damage, bathroom repairs, window repairs and rodent infestations. The city says WinnCompanies, owners of Pines Of Perinton, have only closed two out of eight current violations. These violations were published on July 13 and had a fulfillment date through the end of July.

“Enforcement of the Code is a serious matter that we do not take lightly in the City of Perinton,” said Hanna. “The City will continue to do our part to hold the Pines of Perinton accountable for providing safe and healthy living conditions for their nearly 1,200 residents. Our Perinton Building and Codes officers have made every effort to work with Pines management and maintenance staff to see the repairs made. We are very disappointed that only two of the eight current violations have been fixed. The City shares residents’ frustration and we will take all necessary steps to ensure these health and safety issues are addressed.”

“We felt that we had given the Winn group adequate time to address these issues through the end of the month and they failed to do so, which triggered the next step,” said Jason Kennedy, the city of Perinton’s public works commissioner .

There’s no question the city wants immediate action from WinnCompanies, both saying they don’t see these issues as “life safety issues.” Porter says otherwise.

“I think it’s very stupid of them to continue this narrative that it’s not a matter of life or death, especially if they don’t live there, it’s absolutely life or death and these people have nowhere else to go.”

In a statement from WinnCompanies, a spokesman said:

“Our maintenance team and contractors have completed 4,100 work orders at the 508 apartments in the Pines of Perinton so far this year. We have been and will continue to be very responsive to residents’ needs and have worked hard to address maintenance issues at this 50 year old property.

We have attempted to resolve the maintenance issues in these six apartments several times over the past three weeks, but the residents have not cooperated with our maintenance teams or repair providers. In some cases, our teams and suppliers have faced hostile and abusive language, threats of harm and inappropriate behavior. In others, contractors were repeatedly denied access to housing on the scheduled work day. These challenges have made it impossible for us to carry out repairs.

It is important to note that in all six of these dwellings the inspection citation does not include life safety issues. The subpoenas we wanted to address relate to routine but necessary repairs to closet doors, window frames, bathtub seals, loose toilets, leaking faucets, and the like.

We aim to resolve these issues as quickly as possible and hope the residents of these apartments will cooperate with our efforts.

Pines of Perinton’s court appearance is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2022 unless the violations are successfully remedied before that date.

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