He knows about the sewage leak, since the back of his second-floor apartment faces Wrights home. That, he says, is an isolated incident, and she is right to complain about the leak and the smell.
A couple of blocks away, at another building that Vaknin owns and Clerveau manages, tenants had more stories of negligence.
I have to turn the AC off if I want to use the microwave, said Gaynisha Williams, 34, who has lived at 6040 NW 12th Ave., for eight years. I had to buy my own fire alarm.
The bathroom didnt have a toilet when she first moved in, she said. Clerveau hired workers to remove a toilet from a vacant unit to install in hers.
In August, mold and an upstairs leak caused the roof Shameka Hills bathroom to collapse on her 76-year-old grandmother who was inside when it fell in. She was taken to the hospital with bumps and bruises. The landlord has not said anything to her about her grandmothers injuries, Hill said.
Hell fix it when he feels like it, Hill, 31, said.
At another apartment complex, this one on 1250 NW 62nd Street, a squatter lived in an empty unit for four months and hoarded his trash. Tenants
complained to Clerveau.
He just squatted here for months, said Mary Brandy, 24, who lives in the neighboring apartment. The man was removed and workers boarded up the doors and windows. But, piles of trash are still inside the unit.
Clerveau said the tenants should have called the police instead of the landlord. He said he cleared the squatter as soon as he found out about it.
The Vaknins also own an apartment complex in Houston, Texas. A Houston city council member, Wanda Adams, threatened to sue the couple after the complex accumulated a $900,000 water bill and more than $400,000 in violation fines for mold and other problems.
Adams said she helped relocate more than 40 families living in the complex.
Denise Vaknin traveled from her New Jersey home to Houston to work out a payment plan with the city to avoid a lawsuit.
Adams had complained on a local television station that the Vaknins live in a $2.5 million home in Jersey.
When she arrived, Adams said, Vaknin corrected her: She told me her home was worth $4 million, Adams said.