Group of Murfreesboro renters say landlord refuses to fix homes
Reported By Heather Jensen, Reporter - bio | email
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -
A battle is raging in Murfreesboro between one landlord and multiple tenants on Wenlon Drive.
The group of renters claims their townhomes are unsafe and the property owner refuses to fix them.
Renter Alaina Moorehead pays $800 a month for her townhome.
She told Nashville's News 2 her air conditioning unit freezes up so often she keeps a hair dryer next to the unit.
She said she also has a hole in her bathroom wall, but worries more about the dark-colored dust clinging to her air vents and bedroom walls.
When asked if she thought it was mold, Moorehead replied, "I do. I really do."
Moorehead's neighbors are also having problems.
At nearby neighbor Princess Valentine's townhome, the floors are buckled and her air conditioning unit also appears in disrepair.
"It's leaking right now and [that's] mold right there on the wall," said the mother of three, adding, "I can't stay here with my babies like that."
However, the worst conditions may be in another neighboring townhome, where water from an unknown source has destroyed a built-in bookcase. Mold covers the cabinet underneath.
Nashville's News 2 reached out to property owner Al Eddy Tuesday.
He said he plans to fix the water leak in the home with the bookcase on Thursday, but claimed to be unaware of the problems at the other homes.
"That's the first time I heard anything about mold," he said by phone. "The A/C problems, I sent Roscoe Brown two different times to [a home] over there."
"I don't know anything about the [buckled] floor," he added.
Eddy was adamant that problems at Wenlon Drive homes are addressed immediately.
"I'm over there everyday on that street doing something over there," he said. "I'm picking up paper. I'm making it a pleasant place for all of them over there."
His renters have a different story.
"I've been telling him about that for two months now," Valentine said. "He just says, 'I'll be back tomorrow.'"
"He'll say that he's going to come and do it, but we never see him. We don't see him until it's time for rent," added Moorehead.
Moorehead, Valentine and a few other tenants on Wenlon Drive told Nashville's News 2 they plan to make a formal complaint to the Murfreesboro Codes Department and the Tennessee Department of Consumer Affairs.