Student Housing After-Hours Maintenance Team

Hello Verano Place Community,

As a part of your Living-Learning experience, there may be a maintenance incident that occurs after-hours, requiring Non-office Hours Maintenance Staff to respond on-site in the evening or early morning hours. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the team who serves on a weekly rotating schedule as the responding maintenance staff to address plumbing, electrical or other issues identified as an emergency.



Postponement of Termite Treatment and Pre-Inspections

February 2, 2016

TO: Residents of Verano Place Unit 6 Apartments

RE: Postponement of Termite Treatment and Pre-Inspections

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the pre-inspections and start of the termite treatment project must be postponed. We have not been given a projected start date, but believe it will be in the near future. When we are given notice to proceed, an announcement will be sent to you.

Treatments will begin two weeks after the notice. We will follow the previously published schedule. Buildings that were scheduled for treatment prior to the actual start of the project will be rescheduled for dates after June 30, 2016.

I apologize for any inconvenience caused as a result of this delay.


Beverly Chaney
Director, Verano Place Housing


Notice from UCI Design and Construction Services:
Please be advised that the UNEX contractor will be working on site this Saturday, October 3 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The contractor will be continuing prep work on the formwork and installation of reinforcing for the 4th floor. For the most part, use of hammers and saws will used during this work.

Tips to Prevent a Clogged Drain and What to Do to Try and Clear a Back-Up

Just be careful what you put down your sink to prevent a clog! Seems pretty simple, right?A clogged sink is a very common repair, but a little preventative maintenance can go a long way.  Here are a few good examples of common things that will clog your sink and some good tips to keep it clean.


Hair, Keep it Out of the Drain

One of the most common things responsible for a clogged sink in a bathroom is the accumulation of hair in the drain. Try brushing your hair away from the sink, and do not ever try washing the hair out of your hair brush into the sink. Though over time some hair will fall into the drain, frequent instances of larger amounts being washed down the drain are a good way to ensure that you will have a clogged drain.

Do Not Shave Over the Sink

The sink seems like a logical place to let all the little hairs fall or shave when you get a haircut, but this is one of the worst things you can do for your drain. Try shaving over a paper towel or washcloth so you can throw the hairs away in the trash can.


Never Put These Things Down Your Disposal or Drain:

  1. Fibrous foods like asparagus, corn husks, artichokes, carrot or potato peels or any other vegetables that have any kind of stringy qualities to them
  2.  Grease, oil, and fat
  3.  Pasta and rice, it expands when it contacts water and swells up
  4.  Eggshells, coffee grounds, pits and seeds
  5.  Bones of any kind

Regular cleaning is very important! Here are a few good tips to try:

  • Run hot water through the sink after each use. Hot water keeps oils in food products running down the drain, rather than building up on the interior surface of pipes, which can make drains sluggish and lead to clogs.
  • Throw a handful of baking soda into the drain and follow it with hot water. Baking soda is a terrific cleaning agent, and it’s also great for absorbing foul odors and leaving your drain pipes smelling better.
  • Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes; then chase it down with very hot water. Vinegar is a wonder cleaner. It contains acetic acid, which acts as an excellent organic solvent in removing organic buildup of crud in pipes.

Maintenance Monday: ‘Tis Grilling Season!

Are you familiar with Verano Place’s barbecue and hibachi policies?

Effective 7/1/2016, use or storage of any type of personal barbecue appliance is no longer permitted in Verano place. Currently, use and/or storage of charcoal barbecues, hibachis, or any other appliances of this nature is prohibited. Use of a propane grill is only permitted when operated at least 15 feet from all buildings and attended at all times. Propane grills may not be left in common areas and should be returned to a proper storage area when it is cool.

Public barbecues located throughout the community are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT: Interior Plumbing and Closet Repairs

Good afternoon Verano Place community,

Interior Plumbing and Exterior Closet Repairs:

Residential addresses affected: 6457 thru 6493

Monday thru Friday 8 am to 5 pm

PROJECT SCHEDULE: See attachment for projected project calendar.


PROJECT SCOPE:   The contractor will be cutting out drywall in the entry, living/dining area, bathroom, and one bedroom closet. The areas indicated on the attached floor plan map will require you remove all personal items from these areas the best you can. A work area will be tented with plastic, to prevent drywall dust from affecting your living space. At the end of each day, they will remove the plastic, and clean areas affected. The contractor will require access to your unit for five continuous days, during the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.The construction crew who has been awarded this contract is Blackstone Builders, a company who has performed the majority of the interior aesthetic renovations of your residence.


The copper pipes in the walls that supply water to the sinks, tub/shower, and toilet in each apartment are original to the building and have reached their service life.  Leaks due to deterioration are occurring with increasing frequency.  This project will install higher grade copper pipes, valves that will allow shut off to only 1-2 apartments instead of the entire building when required for maintenance/repairs, and high-efficiency water heater equipment. The work in each apartment may require up to 10 work days to complete. The pipes under and around the buildings were replaced in an earlier project.


This work plan is to be phased due to unique conditions of this project, as the aesthetics were completed in advance of this invasive project. The final product as a result of this project will be repaired and match the existing casework (cabinets).


RESIDENT IMPACTS: Openings will be cut in specific areas of drywall and bathroom cabinetry to remove/replace the pipe.  Personal items that obstruct access to these areas will need to be relocated to another area of the apartment while the work is being performed.  A detailed layout of the affected areas will be provided in advance of the work.  The usual noise, dust, and the presence of contractor staff associated with construction work of this sort will occur.  The contractor will provide floor protection and vertical barriers to contain the dust to the work area.



  1. A)    There will be two planned water outages for final tie-ins and water heater replacement.
  2. B)    Access to your unit will be difficult as the tented areas will limit your free range use of the interior space, kitchen, one bedroom closet and bathroom areas.
  3. C) Removal of personal belongings from the designated areas must be completed in advance, the inspection will occur five days ahead of the planned start date.
  4. D) Pets will need to be locked into a secure space unaffected by this work as the front door will be opened and closed several times daily.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


Thank you,

Jason A. Espinoza

Associate Director of Operations

Verano Place Housing


(949) 824-6739 (office)

(949) 824-2617 (fax)

Maintenance Monday: Are You Moving Out?

There are a few key things to keep in mind when preparing to move out of your apartment. Don’t forget to:

1. Turn in keys to the Verano Place Housing Office: It is your responsibility to return your front door, mailbox, and bedroom keys to the housing office when you leave. Do not leave the keys in your apartment or ask a friend or neighbor to return them for you. If you are turning in your keys after hours, please complete the key return form located outside the front door of the housing office and drop it in the After Hours Drop Box. You will be charged for any unreturned keys.

2. Clean the Apartment: You (and your apartment mate(s) when applicable) are responsible for the standard of cleanliness of the common areas. If these areas are not cleaned by the final inspection, each tenant including the vacating resident will be billed equally for any damages and/or cleaning charges.

3. Remove all your items: There is a charge on move-outs for removal of any items left behind by vacating residents.

Make moving out as smooth as possible and utilize the cleaning checklist provided by the Verano Place Housing Office!



Outstanding Maintenance Items?

Have you noticed any maintenance issues lingering in your apartment that you haven’t gotten around to reporting? Take care of anything that might seem small now to avoid any bigger problems. The Verano Place Housing Office will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25. Contact maintenance immediately to ensure everything is working properly over the holiday.

Don’t forget to take care of any administrative tasks before the office closes on Friday, May 22.