City Of Tulsa Delays Eviction Of Tenants

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Updated: 12/16/2010 5:58 pm Published: 12/15/2010 12:47 pm

UPDATE -- Mayor Dewey Bartlett said today that the management of the Public Works Department and the Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority have decided to defer the water cut-off at the Somerset East Apartments, located at 137th East Avenue and East 23rd Place, for two weeks. According to utility records, 61 units are occupied.

The property owner was given until Dec. 15 to make a partial payment on a $79,000 over due balance on the complex's water bill. The payments lapsed in May, but the City continued to work with the property owner to make payment arrangements until December, when the final notice was posted for the Dec. 15 cut-off. Although the property owner did not pay the bill by Wednesday's deadline, City officials determined today it was best, during this holiday season, to give the tenants more time to relocate.

City officials have contacted the Tulsa Human Response Coalition to provide information on possible resources tenants may use or agencies to contact if they need assistance in finding shelter or housing. The Coalition had already contacted the American Red Cross for bottled water and the Salvation Army regarding shelter once the water was turned off, which would in turn prompt the Tulsa Health Department to post a notice to vacate.

The public health issue of the overflowing garbage dumpster remains, however, Public Works will use its contract with American Waste, a commercial hauler, to empty the dumpsters. Public Works will assign city crews to clean up around the dumpsters were garbage has been left.

The new cut-off date is Jan. 3, 2011.

- This Christmas season has taken an abrupt turn for dozens of families who will now have to find another place to live.

Tenants at Somerset Apartments in East Tulsa received a notice Wednesday that they would have ten days to vacate the complex.

The City of Tulsa Public Works Department issued an initial cutoff in October notice stating it will discontinue water service until the owner coughs up the past due balance in excess of $42, 852.05.  Having yet paid that balance, it has now increased to $70,000.

The city informed the office that the water will be cutoff Wednesday.

Tenants have already paid their rent for the month of December and are now scrambling to determine optional living arrangements.

Pro-Residential, the property's owner, has also failed to pay for trash pick-up, according to the apartment leasing office staff.

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watchdog1 - 12/17/2010 11:24 AM
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Out of the "goodness of their hearts"...of course they will raise our water and sewer bills yet again to make up for what will be over $100,000 by two weeks, City utilities has increased by 1/3 in the past 6 years already. They need to seize the assets of this a** in California who owns the property.

kninnie0528 - 12/16/2010 1:20 PM
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Helps out the tennents, that is!!

kninnie0528 - 12/16/2010 1:19 PM
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I am praying for some kind of miricle that some business sees what is going on and helps them out!!

DrJKH - 12/16/2010 12:48 PM
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Keep in mind, the city Scrooges didn't have this change of heart because of some kind of realization that it's the right thing to do. They changed their minds because they were looking bad in the media.

kninnie0528 - 12/16/2010 8:33 AM
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I lived at these apartments for 7 months and they actually let us get out of our lease early. We just got out of there in October. I had gone home on my lunch break and notice my kitchen was flooded so I called the office to let them know I needed them to come helpe me clean it up before it spread to the carpet... They never showed. It spread to the carpet and there was mold growing in the apartment. We looked up our tenent rights, wrote the office a letter stating what we needed done and if it wasnt done within the 14 days of tenent rights we were going to need to move bc it was making all of us sick. When we went into the office there was a completely new manager and she said the other one had been fired for something. The apartment next to ours was vacent so we went in there to look at it and there was mold all over the living room walls and it smelled horrible. I dont think we will ever be seeing these apartments getting remodeled or anything bc we had been there for 7 months and had gone through 3 different managers.

ssoperator - 12/16/2010 7:33 AM
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It's not the city evicting them, its the lowlife California-based owner. The city cannot evict people for not paying their water bill, in fact, the city is sending a water truck out to help the residents. The owner is shutting the complex down; he even fired all of the staff. I'd be willing to bet that you'll see some renovation on this place in the next year, and it will reopen "under new management" with higher rents.

Gregg777 - 12/15/2010 1:46 PM
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Gregg777 - 12/15/2010 1:46 PM
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