Tulsa Woman At Odds With Apartment Complex Over Living Conditions

Thursday, January 14th 2021, 9:15 pm

TULSA, Okla. -

A Tulsa woman said she has to find a new place to live, after complaining about issues at her apartment complex.

She said she has dealt with flooding and mold, and instead of moving her to a different unit, the complex is telling her to move out.

Valarie Callies said she has lived at the Villas at Midtown for almost four years, and never missed a payment. Now, she's trying to figure out where to go next.

Callies said she moved into a unit at the Villas at Midtown near 1-44 and Lewis in 2017 and did not have any issues.

Last year, she moved into the unit next door after it was renovated, and that's where she said problems started. Callies said she noticed a musty smell and found water inside a closet over the summer.

"There's water all along through the wood," Callies said.

Callies said for the next several months, she reported more issues of water damage and mold in her bathroom and kitchen to managers.

She said in September, she had a leak which flooded her bathroom floor. Then just before Christmas, she said water leaked into her closet and bedroom and ruined some of her presents and belongings.

She said apartment management has told her since June that she would be transferred to a different unit.

"I'm going on good faith that they are going to move me to a different apartment," Callies said.

She said she was told last month to move out in February after complaining again about the latest leak. She also called the Tulsa Health Department to come out and investigate this month.

"I've never been late. I've never missed a payment. I referred two families here," Callies said. 

The apartment director of operations said in a statement that Valarie's requests were "always addressed promptly" and said the health department recently closed her case.

She said they gave Valarie 60 days to move out, which is 39 more than they're required to give her ample time to move.

You can read the full statement from the Villas at Midtown below.

"Ms. Callies has been a resident at the Villa’s at Midtown since 2017. Ms. Callies seemed so happy with her residency that in February 2020, she moved to an upgraded apartment.
When Ms. Callies placed a service request it was always addressed promptly. After, most recent complaint she made to the Tulsa Health Department, our service technician was sent to investigate. He was unable to confirm the allegations made to the THD. The technician took pictures and video which were submitted to the inspector. The inspector thanked us for responding quickly and stated he was closing the case. If Ms. Callies experienced loss of property due to a service request, she never informed the management staff. 
Ms. Callies lease expires 2/28/21. She was issued a notice of non-renewal on December 19th, 2020, which is an additional 39 days above what is required by the Tenant Landlord Act. We did that in hopes of given her ample time to seek a suitable place to live. We wish Ms. Callies the best in her future home."