Oklahoma Apartment Tenants With No A/C Reach Boiling Point - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Oklahoma Apartment Tenants With No A/C Reach Boiling Point

Posted: Updated:

Amanda Taylor, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Andy Dalrymple and his family say they're living in an oven. Their place at the Southern Oaks Apartments has no a/c, despite living in an all bills paid complex.

"In the morning, it's 80. That feels cool to us," Dalrymple said. "It feels good at 80."

That's only because they bought their own window unit. But on 100 degree Oklahoma afternoons, that's not enough.

"It feels cool, but you get out a couple feet away and you can't hardly feel it," Dalrymple said. "That's why we have our mattress right underneath it."

The hot home is also uncomfortable for their children, Jasmine and Levi.

"Before we go to bed, we usually wet their shirts just to keep them a little bit cooler," Dalrymple said.

The office manager told Andy they're waiting on parts to repair the unit that services the entire building, but that was weeks ago. I got the same story when I visited the office.

So what can you do about it? We asked an attorney for the Metropolitan Fair Housing Council, who laid out your legal rights.

"One option is to terminate the lease," attorney Nkem House said. "Give them 30 days notice that you're going to terminate the lease if they don't fix it within 14 days."

Your second choice, fix it yourself and get reimbursed.

"In this case, it's an air conditioning unit," House said. "Buy a window unit and subtract it from your rent."

House said you and your landlord must agree on a dollar amount before getting a refund.

Finally, you can sue the property owner in small claims court.

But House said the number one thing to know:

"None of these rights are initiated or kick in so to speak until you provide written notice to the landlord."

And make sure you make copies of anything you send to your landlord.

You can read all your rights under the Landlord and Tenant Act.

More rights under the Landlord and Tenant Act.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
  • Consumer Watch

    Need help?  Contact Amanda and the Consumer Watch team.

    * denotes required fields

    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your e-mail. I read every letter, but because of the volume it may take a while for us to get back to you. If we see a way to help, the Consumer Watch Team will contact you. Amanda Taylor, NEWS 9 Anchor/Reporter

Helpful Numbers

  • OKC Housing Complaints

    405-232-3247

  • Attorneys General Office Consumer Protection

    405-521-3921

  • Used Motor Vehicle Commission

    405-949-2626

  • New Motor Vehicle Commission

    405-607-8227

  • Better Business Bureau

    405-239-6081

Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.