An Arlington couple who expected to lose their apartment after their landlord complained about the noise made by their disabled son got a 30-day reprieve Wednesday when the owner of the Oakland Apartments extended their lease until Jan. 31.
Gerald E. Pierce, project manager for E.G. Reinsch Companies, told tenant advocates representing Fernando and Esmeralda Diaz that the extension was made “in the spirit of the holiday season.”
Pierce, in a brief interview Wednesday with the Washington Post, said “there is definitely more to the story” than simply a noise dispute. He declined to be more specific in order to protect the privacy of the Diazes.
The company, which owns and manages five large apartment complexes in Arlington, “would be happy to provide references” as the Diazes look for a new rental, Pierce said, but the family has not yet authorized them to do so. The family had complained that the property manager refused to provide such references, causing them to lose at least one possible apartment.