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Toledo man with disability speaking out against his apartment owner

The tenant says Beal Properties needs to be held accountable for what he calls negligence and neglect.
Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 11:51 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Deshawn Easterling was in his apartment bathroom on July 9 when the ceiling collapsed on him.

“I blacked out, hit the right side of my face onto the sink. Blacked out, woke up about an hour or two later, and noticed I was on the ground,” Easterling said. “Now I am on about three different pain medicines and a permanent pain patch on my back to control my headaches and pain.”

He says it took several weeks before even getting a response from management at Beal Properties, which owns the building his apartment is in.

Then four months later, the same thing happens again.

“Three nights ago, another ceiling fell on my head, which took them up until today to try to fix,” said Easterling.

Easterling says the unfixed damage in his apartment has caused a loss of business with his fashion line.

At 5 pm 13abc reached out Beal Properties and was told to email a representative. At 5:16 an email was sent reading, “Tonight I am doing a story on a man staying at Winchester Place, he says his ceiling has fallen on his head multiple times. His apartment has an open hole in the ceiling, flooding, and water damage. I was hoping someone from Beal Properties would be able to speak for an interview or make a comment.” 13abc received no comment from Beal Properties until the following day at 4:15 pm. That is when Geoff Van’t Hof, the president of Beal Properties, disputed Easterling’s claims. During the call, he said the company has had multiple issues with the tenant and that the tenant denied access to maintenance staff attempting to make repairs to the apartment multiple times.

On the company website, Beal Properties says ‘Our work speaks for itself,’ and has reviews posted saying they are responsive and reliable. But some reviews left on the Better Business Bureau’s website call the company “slum lords” and urge people not to rent from them.

13abc reached out to Beal Properties but has not yet received a response.

clarification: The story has been updated to include a response from the property owner.

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