The Condition of a Bove Brothers Property, Monarch Apartments in Essex, Vt

Aug
19

I wanted to share some photos I took over the winter of Monarch Apartments in Essex, VT, owned by the Boves. Residents told me that the place always looks like this – trash strewn, often left for months on end. Used needles were found both outside and inside, around play structures, making it hard for children to be left alone, whether it be to play inside or out. Tenants told me these problems were like this for months before I showed up.

In the words of one single mother, “They’re [children] not allowed to go play, run around, do anything. They’re prisoners. We all are.”

Bove’s Pasta Sauce claims to be a family-friendly business, but does this look family friendly to you?

Updated Horror Stories Page

Aug
15

Hi all,

While I collect evidence to share, some folks have rightly questioned where I have gotten my information from. I will be sharing more info in the coming days. For now, I just wanted to let you know I have updated the Horror Stories Post to give more details about who was talking and how I contacted them. Thanks.

-CW

Some background information on Boves Ownership in Burlington

Aug
15

As we get the site up and running it’s important to give some background information about why the Boves have failed to live up to housing standards in our community, and why we are calling for a boycott of all Bove products. The information presented on this site so far is shocking, but it has merit. Below are three articles from Seven Days over the past 5 years showing the number of code compliance issues.

1) In 2013 the city of Burlington held Bove’s liquor license because they refused to get into code compliance.

2) Also in 2013, one of the Bove’s buildings was deemed uninhabitable. “Live electrical wires dangling from a ceiling generate the same response — which is what happened last month at a North Williams Street apartment owned by local pasta pasha Rick Bove. (bolding is mine) Ward’s team decreed that place uninhabitable on July 15.”

3) In 2017, a single Bove-owned building had wracked up over 38 code violations.

4) As Rick Bove said in 2013, “You can write whatever you like. It doesn’t much matter to me” [“Fix It, Man,” August 21, 2013].

Connection with Rick and Mark?

Some folks are also asking what is the connection between the landlord Rick Bove and his pasta-sauce brother Mark Bove. Here is some examples of housing owned under Bove Brothers Realty, owned by both brothers, and below are screenshots from the Secretary of State’s website showing ownership.

-CW

What’s this all about?

Aug
10

Hi all,

Welcome to BoycottBoves.com. We are a group of former and current Bove tenants and their supporters, and we have come together to share some of the terrible things that have happened under Rick and Mark Bove’s business and rental ownership. Please check out what we have up so far and join our boycott of Bove’s Slumlord Pasta Sauce.

 

When you buy their sauces and frozen products, please consider those who have been harmed to build their empire.

 

Thanks,
Boycott Boves