After weeks of complaints, residents file suit against Forrester Gardens
TUSCALOOSA- Tenants in Forrester Gardens apartments have been complaining for weeks about being forced to stay in inhospitable living conditions. On Tuesday, seven of them filed a lawsuit against the complex.
WVUA 23 media partner Tuscaloosa Patch reported that a 64- page lawsuit was filed on behalf of those residents.
In the complaint, the property owners Forrester Apartments LLC and property managers Dalcor Management and Kendrick Wilson are accused of:
- Wanton and reckless conduct
- Negligent, reckless and/or wanton supervision in training
- Negligent, reckless and wanton maintenance
- Failure to warn
- Breach of implied warranty of habitability
Residents’ complaints include unsanitary living conditions such as raw sewage coming out of sinks, mold and mildew and even feces leaking from residents’ ceilings.
“I have an infestation of some type of flying bug and gnats inside the lining of my refrigerator,” said Forrester Gardens resident Jeannette Washington. “I reported that to the management. I’ve asked him repeatedly for me a new refrigerator.”
Washington has lived in the complex for almost nine years and said she can’t keep fresh food or cook in her home because she doesn’t have a working refrigerator.
District 6 Tuscaloosa City Council Member John Faile said he’s fully supportive of these residents standing up for their rights.
“I’m happy that they’ve filed a lawsuit,” he said. “Apparently that’s what it’s gonna take to get the landlord’s attention. When this was first brought to my attention three weeks ago I was overwhelmed with how bad it was. I’ve had some constitutes call me, I went out there the next day and many of them were living like people in third-world countries.”