Lake Arbor Apartment Residents Attend Legal Town Hall
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – People living at the Lake Arbor apartments are weighing their legal options.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and the North Carolina Justice Center held a town hall for residents on Saturday.
Hundreds have to move out after getting word the owner plans to “rehabilitate” the West Charlotte complex, after months of complaints about poor conditions.
“It makes me feel angry. Makes me feel upset,” explains Lake Arbor resident Jasmine Johnson.
WCCB Charlotte has reported for months about resident complaints about mold, broken A/C units, and rats at the complex off Tuckaseegee Road.
“And now I feel like we have to be the ones that suffer. We have to be the ones being punished behind their actions,” Johnson says.
According to a letter sent to City Council members, the owners, working with City code enforcement have agreed to, “vacate the housing units over time.”
People in 78 units whose leases have expired or who are behind on rent will have until the end of August to leave. Others have to be out by the end of the year.
“I feel sorry for some of those tenants who don’t have a place, can’t find a place to go,” says Lake Arbor resident Jeffrey White.
White says he’s fortunate he’s already found a new apartment. He says he’s dealt with a water leak for months.
“Come in there, cut a big hole in the wall, and it was still three months after that they come and fix the hole in the wall and it’s still leaking,” White explains.
The loss of units at Lake Arbor adds to Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis. The lowest units there went for less than $600 a month.