Former employees of Tulsa apartment complex speak out

TULSA -- An apartment complex in Midtown forcing tenants to live without heat for over a month.

Two Works For You has new and exclusive information from former employees who say the conditions are worse than first reported.

A letter was posted on residents' doors on December 7th saying tenants would not have heat for three weeks after their boiler broke.

The note gave tips to combat the freezing temperatures without heat, like opening the shades to let heat in during the day and a putting a towel in front of their door to block out the cold.

However, this was nothing new for former Fulton Plaza property manager and tenant, Daun Orlando.

"We have not had heat actually since October," Orlando said.

Management gave every unit a space heater. Orlando was concerned for her safety as well as the safety of her autistic son.

"If he has a meltdown and knocks stuff over the whole building could go up and would," Orlando said.

She was working as a property manager for the Fulton Plaza, but she said she was fired back in August.

"Long story short didn't tell people lies about replacing things," Orlando said.

This was a similar story for former leasing agent at Fulton Plaza, Brittany Henderson.

"I was asked to lie to residents, I was asked to tell them things that aren't accurate," Henderson said

Residents would ask management questions about broken appliances and the frigid conditions.

"When things weren't repaired we were just to kick residents out because they didn't pay rent due to not fixing things," Henderson said.

Orlando was one of those tenants who were kicked out.

"They evicted me for not paying rent because I don’t have heat," Orlando said.

Broken heat and appliances were just a few of the concerns from these tenants.

"They’re roach infested, mice infested, it’s disgusting," Orlando said.

She says residents would constantly complain and call the health department, but voices were left unheard.

"You can’t do anything when you don’t have the higher power on the same side that you are," Henderson said.

Both claim these people are either forced to live in the conditions or be kicked out.

"These people here are good people and they’re doing the best they can and they have good hearts and they don’t deserve this," Henderson said.

We reached out to the property managers. We received a call from a cooperate supervisor who refused to give his name. He said the tenant's claims are not true, but would not make any other comment.

 

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