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UPDATE: Order to vacate dropped at Chateau 68 apartments

Posted at 5:21 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 23:06:08-05

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Health Department has dropped an order to vacate the Chateau 68 apartment complex.

THD officials say the complex has now restored heat to all units.

We've been covering this story since July. Tenants at the property initially complained they didn't have air conditioning.

Then come October, residents didn't have heat, which led to that order to vacate by THD earlier this month.

"That's part of what we do. We actively try to work with owners, property managers to get the situation rectified," said Elizabeth Nutt, Division Chief of Environmental Health Services. "I guess kind of the downside to that is that if the owners don't, then the tenant is running he risk of being removed from the property and that's what we try to avoid."

If you are a tenant in a situation like this you have options, according to Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma.

If the landlord does not provide utilities, like electricity, heat, water or gas, you must give them written notice of the problem and then you may:

  • End the rental with written notice
  • Arrange for the service yourself and deduct the cost from your rent
  • You can sue...
  • You can move out during the time the service is off and not pay rent for that period

If you are a low-income resident, contact Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma at 1-888-534-5243.

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