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Problem Solvers: Tenants upset over sewage leak, owner says problem being fixed

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 00:47:06-04

TULSA, Okla. — Residents at a Tulsa apartment complex are upset after their units flood with sewage.

The issue started over the weekend and continued into Tuesday.

Tenants of the property contacted the 2 Works for You Problem Solvers about the issue Wednesday.

Brenda Dickey is one of those tenants who is worried about the health issues associated with waste water.

Clean up crews told her to leave her apartment and move her belongings out.

“Tonight, empty your closet. Get everything off the floor. All everything and they were supposed to have the restoration team come this morning, Dickey said. "They were supposed to start tearing up floors, because they said it's a health hazard. The water has been under my floor already and the owner called them at 10 a.m. and told him to leave.”

We reached out to the owner of the property, Dan Fleming, who told the Problem Solvers he plans to make the full repairs on the property.

Fleming said the restoration crews left the property this week, because some tenants wouldn’t allow them into their units.

He said those issues have since been resolved and those apartments are now being cleaned.

“In good faith, we are trying to do the right thing,” Fleming said.

The owner has also offered tenants the option of staying in a hotel while clean up continues.

The Tulsa Health Department said they are aware of the issue and received two complaints about the sewage.

The investigation is still listed as "active" but the report indicates that the owner of the property has been cooperative and plans to make the repairs.

Fleming said he is in communication with THD and will continue to follow up with the tenants.

TIPS:

If you are a tenant with a health concern, you can contact the Tulsa Health Department HERE.

If you think your landlord is violating your rights, CLICK HERE.

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