If you're thinking about renting, you may want to think
twice. Once you sign the dotted line, you could be locked into your lease
anywhere from six months to a couple years.
The Coopers told Fox54 about sewage
sitting in the ShadoWoods Apartment's parking lot.
"It smells just like straight up
sewage, I was sick to my stomach," said Verleria and Audris Cooper.
At the Westchester Apartments,
Marco Gilbert showed our cameras water leaking from a gaping hole in the
"You all can see the
water is still running down as we speak right now and it's dripping onto the
floor, got a big water puddle," Gilbert, said.
Gilbert and the Coopers have
serious concerns about their apartments and even their safety.
"With me having a
newborn, I don't want my baby in anything like this," said Gilbert.
Cooper said, "My child fell in
this hole and busted her head, I let the landlord know and she did absolutely
nothing about it."
Sometimes landlords agree to fix
the problems; Gilbert says weeks after he complained about the leak, management
patched the ceiling.
The landlords at both properties
told us they wouldn't speak on camera; but they did say they aren't required to
fix any pre-existing problems unless they're agreed to and they only have to
take care of new problems when the lease says they are responsible.
The Coopers say they think they're
being taken advantage of through the apartment lease, but they say they can't
move because they're locked into the lease.
Realtor David Greene said you can
avoid problems by carefully examining the lease before you sign.
"When you sign your lease, know
what you're signing. Typically you do a move in agreement so that any issues
are addressed with the cosmetic nature of the home, stains on the carpet, holes
in the wall, appliance not working," said Greene.
He says understand what you and your landlord are
responsible for and have it in writing before you sign the lease.
FOX 54 asked the Coopers, "Do you wish
that you knew what was in the lease before you signed it?" "Yes, yes," they
We learned there was sewage in the ShadoWoods
parking lot after the Savannah River Keeper tested the water.
It's been months since residents
complained to ShadoWood management about the problems and several weeks have
passed since we notified them of the problem. They say they plan to take care
of it but so far, residents say nothing has happened yet.
Management at Westchester patched the leak in Gilbert's
ceiling, but he says he's moving when his lease expires because it took them
weeks to fix the problem.
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