Smallholders say they’ve been stiffed by a property management company – KIRO 7 News Seattle

Chris Coerber is a family landlord who says his property management company doesn’t pass on rent to his tenant.

“In May, we stopped seeing our rent which is supposed to come back to us. It came later and later,” says Chris. “In June, July, we received no rent payments.”

The property management company he is talking about is APMPros (Alekson Property Management Professionals) of Bellevue. According to the company, it has more than 250 accounts in the region.

Chris says he’s missing four thousand dollars in rent and security which, according to the contract, is supposed to be paid to the landlords on the 15th of every month.

“A lot of other people I’ve spoken to are in the same situation as us,” says Chris. “It looks like he should be able to transfer money that belongs to us to our account quite easily.”

Chris is not alone. According to the Washington Department of Licensing, there have been 18 complaints and at least two lawsuits filed against APMPros.

“Here’s a business that’s not making it easy for anyone,” says Eric Ensign of Seattle, who owns two APPMros-managed properties.

Eric says he owes the company over five thousand dollars in bail.

“As far as I’m concerned, they hurt people on purpose, because they know what they need to do to make things right and they just don’t,” says Eric.

And in May, according to official documents, APPMros owner Jim Alekson started a new hand sanitizer manufacturing business. It’s called The Lexi Group, LLC.

I called and then stopped at the address listed for both companies.

Alekson then emailed me saying he was closing the business.

As for new group The Lexi Group, he says it was started with the aim of helping distribute PPE in the form of alcohol-free hand sanitizer.

Alekson says he has told his clients they will be paid by the end of the year. But many have bills to pay now.

“Discouraged for sure. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone. It should be pretty easy to transfer the money that is our money. That our tenant paid,” says Chris Coerber, a former APPMros client.

Alekson tells me he was sick during this time – but not with Covid-19 – and customers will get all their money back with interest.

Now, some of his clients say they also need year-end documents for tax purposes.

Having trouble with your property manager is one thing. Having to deal with the IRS without paperwork is a whole different matter.