Tenants of condemned Greensboro apartments meet with landlords
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GREENSBORO -- The managers of the Cascades Grandview apartment complex held a meeting with renters behind closed doors Friday.
They've had problems all summer, from elevators and air conditioning not working, to a total loss of electricity Wednesday night. The city temporarily condemned the building.
Some of the tenants News 14 Carolina spoke to said they're fed up.
"I don't look for anything to get any better and that's why I decided I had to go," former tenant Debra Walker said.
Residents have now received two apology letters from management saying that they will be making some concessions, but tenants told News 14 Carolina that it's not enough.
"I think it should be at least half the rent," tenant Brooke Hardy said.
Instead, tenants will receive $150 and for those hot summer days when tenants lived without air conditioning, they will receive half of their total rent for every day that it was down.
As far as breaking their lease, they said it will be on a case-by-case basis.
"I would say that the tenants do not have any responsibility to continue in a lease where the landlord has so clearly violated their obligations," legal aid managing attorney Janet McAuley Blue said.
Greensboro's legal aid office said several residents have already contacted them for free advice and counsel.
"I've talked with legal aid," Walker said. "I'm really up for them closing this place down."
Legal Aid said this is not the first time they've seen cases where landlords have violated their responsibilities.
"When the power is terminated that is a more serious violation," Blue said. "That clearly makes the premises unfit and unlivable for the tenants."
If you want more information about your rights as a tenant, Legal Aid provides free legal services to low-income people. You can call Greensboro's legal aid office at 336-272-0148.