Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sterling Heights tenants ousted after flooding

Sterling Heights apartment complex tenants ousted after flood damage causes health issues
Posted on Aug. 15, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 15, 2014 at 1:23 a.m.

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Residents of a Sterling Heights apartment complex are being forced to move out as a result of flood damage.

The management company of Laurel Valley apartment complex is canceling the leases on 20 apartments because of unspecified health problems caused by flooding, WDIV-TV (http://bit.ly/VqYiJj ) reported Thursday. Letters posted on residents’ doors said eviction notices could be issued within 10 days if tenants don’t move out.

The letters said residents will get a refund on security deposits and the rest of the month’s rent if they turn in their keys.

Anmar Eshaq, a resident of the apartment complex, said he doesn’t know how he will be able to move in just a few days.

“We lost our cars, our home and some people lost their jobs, and they’re asking us to move now?” Eshaq said.

Dart Properties II LLC, which owns Laurel Valley, has offered to abate rent of the affected tenants.

T. Scott Galloway, an attorney for the property management company, said units on the ground level of the apartment complex were flooded with three feet of water. He said the damaged units need to be cleared of all property so they can be repaired and the company can fulfill its obligation to provide safe living conditions for tenants.

Dennis Reece II, another apartment resident, said he hasn’t been able to find somewhere else to live because nothing is available.

“At least give us a solution where you can move us into an apartment while you fix this,” he said. “Take the carpet up, give us an extension, give us at least a month where we can move our stuff out and find a different location to move into.”

Several residents have tried to talk to someone at the apartment’s office, but they said the doors were locked and no one would answer.

Information from: WDIV-TV, http://www.clickondetroit.com

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