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Centennial Tower
Seattle, Washington

An Editorial

This site details our experiences with Centennial Tower Apartment Building, located at

4th Avenue
Seattle, Washington

The building is presently managed by:

APEX Realty Management, Inc.
4020 Lake Washington Blvd NE
Kirkland, WA 98033

This site contains and includes our opinions.

Purpose of this site:

There are few issues more central to the human experience than the concept of HOME.

Psychologists tell us that humans have certain needs. At the top of the list are these two: To survive and to procreate. In order to accomplish either, a stable, safe and livable home is of the greatest importance. When all the world is out to get us, where's the one place on Earth we can retreat to, to seek comfort, safety, rest and peace? Home. Indeed, there's no place like Home. International wars have been waged, won, and lost over the concepts of "home". Millions have sacrificed their lives to protect their home. Untold hundreds of thousands have gone to jail or are in prison currently because they violated the sanctity of home. Tens of thousands have been killed, rightly and legally so, by a homeowner defending his home.

The concept of home is intensely emotional. A person's home is of the utmost, the utmost importance to the very survival of that person, and there's not a government, society or people in the world which doesn't recognize that fact.

Much of the population of the United States lives in apartments. Unfortunately, the very concept of the apartment experience means that the resident is more or less at the mercy of the good will of (a) his/her neighbor, and (b) his/her landlord. When good neighbors go bad, there is often some recourse. You can call the building manager; you can call the police; you can call building security (if available). These remedies may or may not work to restore the peace, safety and sanctity of your home, but at least you can try them and see. This leaves the resident feeling as though there is at least a chance that his problem will get solved, and that the security, livability and value of his apartment home may be kept intact. The sanctity of one's home, regardless of its arrangement, location or construct, is of paramount importance. Few apartment managers even begin to understand the trust which is placed in them when they contract to provide space in which someone will make their home. Managers handle the responsibility with varying degrees of success. Some managers don't handle the responsibility at all. And some managers are such a clear and blatant detriment to the well-being of their apartment community that they should be evicted themselves.

This site endeavors to help the millions of apartment dwellers avoid problems in the communities in which their apartment-homes are located, and to understand what kinds of problems can occur when bad managers are in control.

Read if you now live or have once lived in Centennial Tower
This website contains and includes our opinions


If you now live or have once lived in Centennial Tower, we want to hear from you.

Your anonymity will be strictly maintained. However, we ask, rather, that you stand up and be counted, and make yourselves available for deposition and/or testimony. If you've already left the building, there's nothing more these people (management) can do to you if you tell the truth. If you still live in the building, you are obviously at great risk for speaking out or complaining. If you still live here, you have two choices: (1) stand up, speak out, and let the chips fall where they may, all the while meticulously documenting this company's childish antics and illegal attempts at retribution (our choice), or (2) remain anonymous but still work behind the scenes to effect change. We are willing to publish your stories anonymously, but only if we are able to verify your identity, and we will do that unquestionably.

We are especially interested in hearing from residents who have suffered water damage as a result of broken pipes or fittings since roughly 1980, regardless of whether you were compensated by the building or not. You may or may not have a valid claim. We intend to find out.

We want to hear from residents who have been forced or compelled to move out because of noise problems (parties, obnoxious neighbors, etc.). If you have copies of complaints you may have tendered, or can describe your experiences in writing with as many dates, times, details, witnesses, etc., as possible, please submit them to our attorney as shown below. We personally know of many people who've left due to unaddressed noise problems. We have actually met some of these people while we were out house hunting, who were also house hunting, because they were tired of poor management and unresolved noise in Centennial Tower. It may take us years to get our message to you all, but in time we will.

If you have suffered vandalism or theft in the garage (how many cars were stolen last year or the year before?), storage areas, or from your apartment, we want to hear from you. Any police, insurance or court records will be most welcome.

We want to know the name of the insurance company for this building for the past ten years. We can research it, and we will, but if you have any tips that will help, please pass them along.

If you have experienced "discrepancies" of any kind with management, please relate your experiences. Remember, if you sit back and do nothing, you are sending a signal to this company and companies like it that they are free to act in any irresponsible, despicable manner they choose. This mentality will never act properly, fairly or honestly merely because it is the right thing to do. They will act fairly only if forced to do so---and sometimes it takes considerable force to bring them back within specs.

Please forward your files (in written form only) to the following law firm and reference this website:

Elena Garella
927 N Northlake Way, Ste 301
Seattle, Wa. 98103

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