Greensboro Mayor and Housing Managers Name on Agapions | information
“I’ve had it with her, and you can quote me about it,” Mayor Nancy Vaughan said shortly after a Wednesday afternoon press conference outside a condemned house at 605 Waugh St., Greensboro.
Vaughan meant Irene Agapion-Martinez of Arco Realty. During the press conference, Vaughan and Brett Byerly, executive director of the Greensboro Housing Coalition, repeatedly criticized Arco and the Agapion family for accepting a bail from a tenant on the house despite the property being repaired.
Byerly said what he said were copies of two receipts given to the tenant, whom he did not want to name, in exchange for payments. A stamp on each receipt indicates that it was issued by Elm Street Realty at 625 S. Elm St.
Byerly said that “Elm Street Realty” is actually Arco Realty, which has 625 S. Elm as its address on its website. Arco also manages the Summit-Cone Apartments at 3100 Summit Ave., where five children were killed in a fire on May 12, 2018.
Both receipts Byerly presented to the press read “605 Waugh Street” along with “Application”. The first on April 12, 2019 was $ 550 and the second on April 26 was $ 175.
“The owner is Irene Agapion, although I think it could be [her brother] Basil Agapion on the deed, ”Byerly said. “They are confused about their ownership structure.”
“That’s pretty typical of what we have to do with this landlord,” said Vaughan. “This is an Arco property owned by the Agapion family. It has been convicted several times. We became aware of a tenant who had already deposited a deposit for this house in April. As you can clearly see, it has a condemned sign on it. You should not market a home or take a rental deposit on a home that is in the judicial process. They took a deposit. The woman asked for her money back and her money was not returned to her yesterday or today. “
She cited the incident as an example of “something we face with this landlord on a daily basis” and said, “enough is enough”.
Vaughan said she had notified the city legal department. “They said it was a crime to rent a property with a condemned sign on it. I hope we will enforce an administrative offense charge. “
She said the city must decide who to prosecute. “We have proof that they took money, the building is doomed. We still have to find out at this point which entity the house belongs to, as they are constantly changing [ownership] from family member to family member. “
Byerly claimed this was a delay in enforcing the code.
“The city is required by law to notify you if your home is under a repair warrant. So, to get a longer period of time, you can add a person’s name to the title and then the city will have to start their process over for that person to receive legal notice. This person can be a 4 year old; it can be an adult. “
Byerly and Vaughan found out about the situation after the prospective tenant became frustrated that Arco had failed to complete the repair order.
“I think they were hoping these payments would speed up the process [Arco] to get it off the convict list so they can move in, ”Byerly said. When that didn’t happen, the tenant called another company but didn’t have the money for a new deposit.
“This company called our office and said, ‘Hey, we have this lady here, she wants to rent one of our houses, but she has no money because someone else took her bail and didn’t give her a home.’ I notified the mayor. “
Byerly and Vaughan both said the renter’s deposit was finally returned when Arco learned of their involvement.
Vaughan said this is not the first time the 605 Waugh house has been repaired.
“It was convicted in December 2017 and Arco fixed it. Then they moved here with another family and lived there for about nine months. Every single issue that led to its conviction last December surfaced again. There were no tenant-related problems, but poor processing problems, and it was convicted a second time. “
On December 14, 2018, FOX8 reported that Echindo Lufunga and his family moved out of their home at 605 Waugh Street after it lost electricity and heat and was convicted of “38 violations including cockroaches, rotting wood and cracks in the seal.” the Foundation. “According to the report, the Lufunga family moved to their Waugh Street residence after they closed the Cone Summit Complex, also owned by Arco, due to” hundreds of violations “by the city after the fatal fire on 12.
Chapter 2: Not Up to Code, the second part of David Ford’s five-part “Unsafe Haven” series on public radio WFDD 88.5, described the “long list of code violations” the Cone Summit complex has had since it was built by Bill Agapion in 1963 Ford identified Bill and Sophia Agapion and their son Basil as owners of the complex and Bill and Sophia’s daughter Irene Agapion-Martinez as their property manager. In that episode, Ford also stated that “by the 1970s, the Agapions’ reputation for cutting corners was well established”.
At the press conference on Wednesday, Brett Byerly described the Agapion family as “no shame and lots of money”.
He also said, “that speaks to where we stand as a city,” that a tenant “would be so desperate that he would be willing to pay $ 725 for a house with a goddamn sign on it when there is so little affordable housing “. in this church and really in the whole country. “
Vaughan said Arco and its subsidiaries owe over half a million fines for past violations and that the city is preparing to sue them along with the other “worst offenders”.
One solution, she said, could be for them to “return some of their properties for the fines they owed”.
“Let the city take over. Let’s get them in shape, let’s get them back on the rental market, let’s get people into safe, affordable homes. You owe us about $ 600,000. I’m not sure what re-taxes they owe us. I think the city could do a better job at this point. We could certainly partner with some of our housing advocates. That is perhaps the best way. “
After the press conference YES! Weekly called Arco Realty and asked Irene Agapion-Martinez to comment on Vaughan’s and Byerly’s allegations. The man who answered the phone who did not identify himself said she was unavailable for comment.