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Power shut off at Mckinley Court Apartments with warning over water after management in debt

Posted at 8:09 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 23:46:20-04

TULSA, Okla. -- At McKinley Court Apartments, the power was shut off Thursday morning.

Tenants tell us they were taken by surprise.

"I was getting ready to go to the doctor, brushing my hair and brushing my teeth, and the lights go off. And I was like, what?" Sandra Jackson-Edwards said.

The city gave notice on Thursday, saying management owed more than $6,000 in water bills. But tenants said they haven't seen staff in weeks.

"You're still paying the landlord and he's still got your rent. The poor man gets no resolve and where I'm trying to go is where's the resolution to re-place every single one of these people that gave him money?" Jackson-Edwards said.

Renters found a two-week old notice in the parking lot, warning the power bill was past-due. Now they're scrambling for a new place to live, some looking as far as Wagoner, telling 2 Works for You they don't feel safe at this complex.

"They don't take care of these apartments at all. There are no lights on the stairs, they don't cut the grass, the people in the office won't hardly ever be there. They'll never be there," Darlene Byrd said.

The Public Service Company of Oklahoma said they give notice to management and expect them to solve the problem. Those we spoke with said this isn't the first time they've lost power.

"Three days before your inspection happens, the housing authority inspection, they fix everything. They don't fix it until it's a crisis," Jackson-Edwards said.

Management did not respond to 2 Works for You. Some tenants said they couldn't reach a landlord to pay rent this month.

Most have moved out, but for the time being PSO has returned power to the complex after complaints from tenants.

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