Family fights for air conditioning
OKLAHOMA CITY – A family is battling for air conditioner at their apartment complex. Mother of two, Felecia Campbell, says she has been waiting months for Lakewood Apartments on the city’s northwest side to install an AC unit.
Walking through Campbell’s apartment, one can feel a heat wave. Her thermostat doesn’t lie. On Thursday, it sat at 90 degrees.
“It’s too hot. I can’t. My daughter has asthma. She’s six. I can’t,” said Campbell.
Campbell says she can’t live at the Lakewood Apartments without air conditioning. Something she’s been asking for since she moved in last October.
“They said there would be one there by March or Spring time,” Campbell explains.
Four months have passed.
“They say they don’t have a heating and air person licenses to install them,” Campbell says.
The working mother says she even asked to be placed in a different apartment.
“She was like, well the apartments we have available, I wouldn’t move anyone in them because they’re not livable,” said Campbell.
The corporate manager wouldn’t go on camera but tells NewsChannel 4 that it takes time to get an expert to install units.
Oklahoma law states a tenant can give a landlord 14 days to fix a problem, if it isn’t fixed, the tenant may leave 30 days after giving notice of the problem.
“I am ready to move,” said Campbell.
She’s ready to move, but the heat continues to follow her. Because she’s been living without A.C. for the past two months, she’s refused to pay rent.
Now, the apartment complex is taking her to court in an effort to get the more than $1,200 in back rent.
“I’m not paying because I don’t have air,” Campbell explains.
Campbell is expected in court on Monday to face the case involving her back rent.