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Fulton Plaza tenants without heat, city says work being done without proper permits

Posted: 4:15 PM, Mar 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-08 22:15:46Z

TULSA -- Fulton Plaza tenants, who still live at the complex even after 36 apartments were condemned, complained to 2 Works for You that they have been without heat for two days. 

In January, 2 Works for You found out that the apartment complex had been without heat for months after a boiler broke. The city condemned the units soon after our story first broke. 

There's a yellow sign on more than half of the windows at Fulton Plaza Apartments. 

“It’s falling apart," former tenant Justine Newberry said. 

The sign is also taped to boarded up windows and says it's "Unfit for human use." 

“It’s just went downhill since I moved here," Newberry said. 

After multiple apartments were condemned by the city, there are still problems months later. 

“A bleeder valve on the existing repaired loop that was made originally to keep one building with heat had failed," said Colton Jones, City of Tulsa Housing Inspector.

That problem left tenants without heat. 

“It actually failed in the middle of the night the night before, with water just running out they were forced to shut the boiler down," Jones said. 

The city says management began to fix the problem, but not properly. 

“There was some worked that attempted to be done without proper permits and without proper licensing," Jones said. 

A similar situation happened in January while replacing the old boiler with a new one. 

"Don’t nobody choose to live here," Newberry said. "This is not somewhere you just go and and be like, ‘I wanna move there.’” 

The city said there are still things to be fixed before the condemned apartments can be ready for rent. 

“Some rotten wood and railings that are not all the way secured," Jones said. 

Just weeks ago, HUD revoked the landlord's section 8 approval. Now, tenants wonder how long they'll be able to stay. 

“They don’t care because they don’t live out here," Newberry said. 

The city says the heat is back up and running and they'll continue to monitor the complex and make sure all work is being done with the proper work permits. 

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