Apartment tenants still without gas

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

SHERMAN -- First News has an update on a story we first told you about on Monday. Residents at the Monterrey Apartment Complex on Crockett Street in Sherman haven't had gas for over a week.

It's been seven days without hot water or gas, and residents at the Monterrey Apartment Complex are furious. They were told on Monday the problem would be taken care of, but that hasn't been the case.

We tried to contact the on-site manager. She was not on the property and her phone has been disconnected. So we talked with residents who say this is a problem.

Tenant Mark Buckner says, “This is frustrating.”

Renters say the owner of the complex lives in California and is supposed to pay the bills but hasn’t. So residents are heating water on the stove just to have a hot bath. Now, they're afraid the water bill hasn't been paid either.

We called the Texoma Council of Governments. They were not available for an on air interview, but say :

"Texoma Council of Governments is aware of the situation at the Monterrey Apartments. We have taken steps with the landlord and property manager to resolve the problem. All of our clients will not suffer repercussions, you simply need to contact the Texoma Council of Governments to fill out paperwork and we will be happy to move you. But you do need to uphold responsibilities to the apartment complex, and we will work quickly to get you relocated."

TCOG also says they have been in contact with another manager at the apartment complex trying to get some answers as well.

The owner is aware of the situation and says they are doing their best to take care of this problem.


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  • by RICK Location: SHERMAN on Jun 16, 2007 at 05:11 PM
    WHEN I HEARD YOUR NEWS CAST ON THE RESIDENTS WITHOUT POWER . I KNEW BEFORE YOU REPORTED THE NEWS.I HAD LIVED THERE UNTILL I WAS UP ON MY FEET, AND I KNEW IT WAS MONTARY APTS. SOUTHWEST MGTM. CARES FOR PROPERTY AND IS RESPONABLE FOR ALL OF THE UTTILITIES . AND IN THE PAST NEGLECTED TO PAY THE BILL'S .I HAD HEARD ALL THE PROPERTY OWNER AND HAD CALLED HER MYSELF ABOUT THE PROBLEMS ,AND SHE ALWAYWS TOLD ME THAT SOUTHWEST MGMT. WERE PAID TO PAY THESES UTITIES!!!!!!!SO THEY ARE ONES TO HAVE THE ANSEWERs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by m Location: oklahoma on Jun 15, 2007 at 08:06 PM
    Sounds like they need to sell the apt's to forigners so the government can give them money to fix the problems.
  • by heavy d Location: sherman on Jun 15, 2007 at 11:29 AM
    i think maybe a good reporter might need to look into the back ground of this owner of those apartments the same thing happend to me at sunchase apartment first the air then the gas then the buildings were condimed and i believe it was also owned by the same people.. maybe someone should look into those owners back ground and see if they have done stuff like this before..
  • by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2007 at 07:24 AM
    If this is not a criminal act then it should be. The tennents paid the rent with good faith and it seems to me that they need to be protected. If the owners are running a slum then they should be charged with something. Chris you sound like you know quite a bit about Property codes. Can't you find something that would be criminal.
  • by Tommy Location: Denison on Jun 14, 2007 at 08:12 PM
    Sounds like Chris bought a house down on Park St in Sherman.
  • by Chris Location: Houston on Jun 14, 2007 at 04:13 PM
    Just as an aside . . . your county attorney won't enforce the criminal provisions of the Property Code either - ie. violations of the construction trust fund statute by a local homebuilder that bilked several thousands from first time homebuyers - the facts were clear, the application of the criminal provision even more clear . . . yet no action was taken because the case was "too civil" - I clearly have an axe to grind - my two cents.
  • by Chris Location: Houston on Jun 14, 2007 at 04:05 PM
    Thanks Richie for the lesson on the Property Code - I have read ALL of it and I'm rather knowlegeable as to its provisions but I appreciate your comment. Joe has a tendency to investigate/prosecute things that smack of "civil" issues for his contributors; I would hope he would do the same for the downtrodden. To be clear, my reference to the Property Code meant to deal with the civil aspects of pursuing relief from the landlord in a civil proceeding. My comment about your prosecutor was simply that it would be interesting to see if there was some avenue he could explore to help - I can think of potential options which may or may not be supported by the facts . . . I don't know because I'm not involved in the facts; however, I am unwilling to make a knee-jerk reaction that there is no criminal conduct to explore . . . my two cents.
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Jun 14, 2007 at 12:40 PM
    Unfortunately, Chris, Joe Brown won't get involved, as this is a civil matter between the tennants and the landlord. Read ALL of the property code. It's almost all civil, not criminal. County attorney doesn't deal in civil matters between private parties.
  • by Harry Location: Texas on Jun 14, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    If the owner of the complex is broke or has filed for bankrupcy, no amount of heavy handed tactics or legal cajoling is going to help. Moving out is about the only rational thing to do at this point. The longer they wait, the more they will suffer. The next thing to be cut off will be electricity. It is a shame. but these kind of things do happen from time to time.
  • by Chris Location: Houston on Jun 14, 2007 at 12:05 PM
    What is the relationship between TCOG and this complex? More importantly, these unfortunate tenants should consult an attorney as their rights are being ignored under Subchapter 92 ["Utility Cutoff"] of the Texas Property Code. Finally, I'd be interested to hear if Joe Brown's office can offer any assistance to these poor tenants. If a portion of the rent I paid was for gas yet my service was disconnected, I'd feel that my hard-earned money had been - in effect - stolen. My two cents . . .
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