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Repeat apartment flooding leaves Cary woman homeless

Posted September 28, 2011

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— A Cary woman said she's homeless after two floods soaked her belongings and made her apartment unlivable while the complex's ownership was changing hands.

Sarah Anderson-Bereznicki, a scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency, said Wednesday that she has had nothing but problems since she moved into the upscale Century Preston Reserve complex last year.

On Saturday, a leaky pipe from an upstairs unit flooded her apartment. She moved her belongings into the garage, but on Monday, a water heater from a different unit leaked, flooding the garage.

"This is a dire straits emotional situation that nobody should be in," she said.

Anderson-Bereznicki said the complex has given her little assistance and she suspects it's because the former owner, the Centennial Holding Company of Atlanta, sold the property Tuesday to new owners from Greensboro.

"I've been pretty much left to fend for myself through all of this and run away from water, and it's exhausting," she said.

She has moved into the complex's model unit but has been unable to speak with the new owners about what her options are.

"Legally, right now, I am homeless. I'm squatting in a model unit here, praying to God they don't come in while I'm at work and try and touch my stuff," she said.

Century Preston Reserve Cary woman says apartment floods left her homeless

After speaking with neighbors, Anderson-Bereznicki said she believes her misfortune is not isolated.

"I have all the neighbors adjacent to me telling me that that whole end of the building, they're having problems, too," she said.

Anderson-Bereznicki said she and other tenants want answers and repairs.

"They're trying to squash me into the ground and make me just tuck my tail between my legs and go away – all for the sake of a business transaction," she said.

Anderson-Bereznicki has renter's insurance, but said that because she moved her things into the garage, she can't file a claim.

Centennial Holding Company could not be reached this week, but a representative from the company that managed the property declined to comment. The new owners also had no comment.

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  • Cary Parker Sep 29, 2011

    I live nearby and have a truck. Is there anything I can do to help?

  • WritNEWlaws Sep 29, 2011

    @I know it was inconvenient driving from Cary to Raleigh and back every day, but seriously, if this really was the most horrific experience you've ever gone through, you've had a pretty good life so far.
    Pseudonym

    Have you ever heard the expression: "Walk a Mile In My Shoes"? You would have had to actually gone through this experience, while working 50 plus hours a week and having to go from one apartment in Raleigh(to do laundry and etc.) to going back to Cary everyday with two young daughters. A model apartment is just that "Model" no extras included. I worked in a very high demanding financial position at the time and this altercation just added more stress. Like I said "Walk a Mile In My Shoes" before you judge. My heart goes out to this lady in Cary.

  • Shamrock Sep 29, 2011

    "so to get her compensation she's going to have to get mean and nasty with them until somebody listens. It stinks, but it's a fact of life in America, 2011."
    Pseudonym

    Sometimes that is the only way you can get what you deserve.

  • Pseudonym Sep 29, 2011

    Quote from WritNEWlaws: "It is the most horrific experience I have ever gone through"

    I know it was inconvenient driving from Cary to Raleigh and back every day, but seriously, if this really was the most horrific experience you've ever gone through, you've had a pretty good life so far.

  • WritNEWlaws Sep 29, 2011

    Actually she is not the only one that this has happened to. I lived in an apartment in Raleigh and I had to use their model apartment in Cary at another property for over two months. My hot water heater and airconditioner went out due to age and the fire department told them that it was unlivable. This happened in the dead of summer when it was 100 degrees or higher. I worked in Raleigh and had to drive to Cary with my two daughters daily. No one would listen and I had to call the top notch person in the company in order to get it resolved. I demanded that I would not pay rent at my apartment and I charged them for my gas and food for the two months. The stove in the model unit did not work so I had to bring in a microwave and add additional food to the model unit. It is the most horrific experience I have ever gone through. I feel this women's pain and it also depends upon what coverage type of renters insurance that you have. There is fine print in many of the policies.

  • corgimom06 Sep 29, 2011

    I feel bad for her-however when you get Renter's insurance its clear that the insurance covers belongings IN THE APARTMENT. Before moving her belongings she should have checked with her insurance company. When you get renter's insurance they should ask if you will have belongings located in a garage-and these policies are also to protect the apartment community if the leasee damages the property. Second, if she is living in the model unit, she's not homeless. Its not perfect, but she has a roof over her head. Leaks like these can happen if you are in an apartment or a house-its a fact of life no matter where you live. I think because this company didn't jump when she said jump and do exactly what she wanted right away she's whining. I would like to know what the apartment management has done as far as drying her apartment to make it livable-this does not happen overnight and generally takes at least several days to completely dry the carpet/pad and clean the carpet.

  • get over it people Sep 29, 2011

    I am so glad this dum article has been lowered on the site....she needs to get a clue.

  • fayncmike Sep 29, 2011

    "from the next to the last paragraph in the article: "Anderson-Bereznicki has renter's insurance, but said that because she moved her things into the garage, she can't file a claim."

    I don't understand why she cannot file a claim as firstly the garage is a part of the unit and secondly she's required to attempt to mitigate her loss. Moving her belongings to a place she believed would be dry was a proper move.

  • get over it people Sep 29, 2011

    Trust me...if she renters insurance, first of all, you have the option of a hotel until the repairs are made. This woman should not be homeless if she has renter's insurance as the title of the story says....misleading...Do some research on Renter's Insurance!

  • Pseudonym Sep 29, 2011

    I'm sorry to say she's going to have to get mean with the landlord and the insurance company. Both companies are FULL of people who hate their jobs and are just there for a paycheck. NEITHER company cares about customer service or even their own employees, so to get her compensation she's going to have to get mean and nasty with them until somebody listens. It stinks, but it's a fact of life in America, 2011.

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