Apartment owner leaves tenants in the cold and dark - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Apartment owner leaves tenants in the cold and dark

Nicole Medina's had to remodel her kitchen. The mother of two now uses a portable cooking stove and candles since her family's power was cut off  Tuesday.

"My son is four. Last night he told me, 'Mom I want to watch TV. Why is there no lights. I didn't really know how to explain to him but I said Alex we don't have lights at this time," Medina said.  

No lights, no heat, and no electricity. In a building that clearly needs help. Pipes and wires exposed, walls crumbing, and violations everywhere.

So when Medina received a notice to vacate earlier this month she planned ahead. She put applications in to different apartments.

The letter from property owner Katrina Walker stated to be out by March first and "no rent will be collected."

But on Tuesday February 19th, the power went out. Affecting not only tenants, but also a church office renting space.

"Sitting in a dark, cold building trying to do business is not the way to go," church administrator Marcellus Richardson said.

The only building that has power is The Rainbow Kids Learning Center, a day care where property owner Katrina Walker is often seen.

Attempts to reach her failed.

Since it is a civil matter police did not get involved.

Action News 5 then turned to an expert in attorney Webb Brewer.

"I think the landlords actions would be a violation of law," Brewer said.

Brewer works for Memphis Area Legal Services. He said there could be three violations of state code here. The most important being no essential services, like electricity.  

Upon learning that, Nicole Medina and others now plan to take action.


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