Tenants claim Poah Communities failed to notify them of deposit transfer, violated city ordinance

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 15, 2018

Two apartment tenants have filed a class action lawsuit against the new operators of their property, citing alleged breach of contract.

CHICAGO — Two apartment tenants have filed a class action lawsuit against the new operators of their property, citing alleged breach of contract.

Lead plaintiffs Jessica Cross and Kendra Turner filed a complaint May 29 in Cook County Circuit Court against Poah Communities Inc. and Poah Greenwood Park Preservation Associates LP for alleged violation of the  Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs started renting units at the defendants' complex on Feb. 14, 2014. The plaintiffs claim the defendants assumed all of the lease obligations, but the class members never received proper notice when their security deposits were transferred from one financial institution to another during the term of their February 2016 to February 2017 lease. 

The plaintiffs said the Poah entities allegedly failed to give written notice to tenants of the name and address of the bank where their security deposits would be deposited within the 14 days after those tenants' security deposits were transferred.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek statutory damages equal to $100 for each tenant, for each rental agreement or renewal offered, attorney's fees, litigation, expenses, costs of the lawsuit and other relief the court deems proper. They are represented by Mark Silverman of Mark Silverman Law Office Ltd. in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 18-CH-06776

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