The 12 News Defenders are getting results and reaction after our initial investigation into Green Meadow Apartment Homes in Montgomery. There was an overwhelming response to the report on a local woman's battle with raw sewage, mold and mildew.
Now a former tenant, with her lawyer, shares her struggles with the complex. And the city of Montgomery is responding.
Jennifer Gholar she says her apartment complex is unlivable, despite repeated complaints to management. She lives in Green Meadow Apartments on Fountain Lane, off the Eastern Boulevard.
Tamiko Cherry says she understands Gholar's frustration after she and her family were subjected to mold, mildew, raw sewage and even bacterial infections while living at Green Meadow Apartment Homes for three years.
"Head of maintenance and one of the other maintenance guys were in my apartment everyday. And I wasn't getting any cooperation from management whatsoever, and we were paying our rent every month on time," Gholar said.
With her lawyer's help, she moved out in September of 2012.
"We've written letters to the management company, written letters to the owners. The family was moved to a second apartment which was equally bad," Montgomery Attorney Priscilla Black Duncan said.
Montgomery Public Works Director Chris Conway confirmed a city inspector investigated a raw sewage complaint filed Tuesday.
In a statement Conway said, "Since 2008, we have received numerous complaints from tenants at Green Meadow Apartment Homes. We warned the property managers and owners to address these concerns immediately. These complaints range from building repairs to water leakage. Since 2008, the cases we evaluated have been rectified. Now we are giving them five days to fully rectify the raw sewage complaint filed Tuesday."
Conway says this is an internal issue within the apartment complex's pipes. If not resolved, the city will take legal action.
According to Conway, management should have a crew on site Thursday to resolve this issue.
"People have contacted me on Facebook, text messaging, thanking me for being advocate," Gholar said.
Gholar says a lot of residents are grateful she spoke up and is now shedding light on this issue that every one in this room is dealing with. So far, she's gotten 60 signatures from residents petitioning with her to get immediate action.
"Until I get me and my child a place to stay, I'm just going to keep pursuing this. I'm going to talk to everybody until my voice is heard," Gholar said.
The 12 News Defenders also contacted a former regional property manager in Montgomery for the managing company, who talked in detail, providing documentation on failed unit inspections, upper management knowing about the raw sewage and other issues and not taking action.
This is definitely a story that continues to unfold and the 12 News Defenders will be there to follow the trail.
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