A number of tenants at the Wentwood at Grand Hill apartment complex say management is coming after them for rent they’ve already paid.
“Over fifty tenants have been done this way,” single mother and tenant Stacy Carter said. “Older folks, people with disabilities, [and] people on social security.”
Carter says she has receipts proving she’s not behind on rent.
The In Your Corner team has learned the property is under new management and currently undergoing a comprehensive audit to track down tens of thousands of dollars in missing money.
New property manager Peaches Boyd said, “At this time all we are trying to do is figure out who cashed the money orders and where these money orders are.”
We know at least one missing money order was cashed by someone at a nearby convenience store.
New management tells us as long as tenants can prove their rent is paid in full, they'll clear any outstanding balances from the books.
“Unfortunately some people have paid in cash and other things and they didn't keep receipts, so you know how it works,” Boyd said. “If I don't have proof, then all I have is your word saying you paid.”
Management is handling things on a case by case basis.
Police are investigating.
Meanwhile many of the tenants can't afford legal representation, so we've instructed them to apply for help through Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma.
Legal Aid provides attorneys to eligible tenants in eviction actions in Oklahoma.