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Apartment residents asked to move out after monsoon damage

Posted at 6:32 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 21:40:39-04

A monsoon storm last month sent 30-foot tall trees crashing into Woodridge Apartments on the east side.

The damage was so bad after this storm on August 11, one resident said 14 families were evacuated. 

One resident who wanted to remain anonymous said she left her unit for nearly a week. When she moved back in she believed everything was fine. On Friday, she says the complex staff told her she has to move out in two weeks because her place was deemed unsafe. 

Attorney Doug Newborn says renters have options in natural disaster situations. 

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"If you have the fire or tree falling down or the flood because of the monsoon and they say, 'Look we are going to put you up in a new unit because it will be a couple weeks', my response would be, 'Great, what hotel are you going to pay for for the next two weeks until the other place is ready'," he said. 

Newborn said renters can also opt out of their lease by providing a written notice. In this case, he says they will get their security deposit and rent back, or if renters are planning to return they don't have to pay rent until they come back. 

The resident says she didn't have to pay when she was out of the apartment. 

Woodridge Apartments would not comment on the situation.