Families forced out of apartment complex filled with bed bugs

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – People are still calling Hampton Park Apartments Home and so are the bed bugs.

6 News first told you about this story last month.

At least 12 families are living in poor and un-safe conditions in a south Lansing apartment complex.

The receivership company, Amicus Management was supposed to take care of the problem.

6 News’ Mariah Harrison has been following this story and talked with a local attorney representing a Hampton Park tenant who’s being sued for not paying her rent.

The attorney says she shouldn’t have been paying it in the first place.

“To collect rent from those tenants, full rent and not to make any repairs I think is unjust,” said Elizabeth Rios, supervising attorney, Legal Services of South Central Michigan.

Elizabeth Rios is the supervising attorney for Legal Services of South Central Michigan on top of managing day-to-day duties.

She says a receivership company also has the power to collect rent from tenants which Amicus did. She’s now represents a tenant who was evicted by Amicus for not paying up.

“My client is being sued for non-payment of rent, for a unit that is not habitable is infested with bed bugs, that has numerous repairs that have gone unattended, and unaddressed by Amicus. Though they’ve been fully aware of them from the point, from April,” said Rios.

In a written statement Amicus president Daniel Yeomans confirms there is an eviction case going forward in court.

However a pre-trial hearing scheduled for this week was adjourned in hopes of settling the case.

Amicus says only 10 tenants remain at Hampton Park with some additional move out dates scheduled for next week.

In a phone call with Lansing Human Resources and Community Services director Joan Jackson Johnson, she said Amicus handed out notices to the 10 remaining tenants.

The notices say they have to be out by the end of the month.

Johnson says the city will foot the bill for laundry, bed bug checking, and fill whatever void necessary to move tenants on to safer housing.

But tenants are relying on refunds from Amicus to pay their way.

A tenant told 6 News Amicus is offering them $1,000 to move.

Current tenants are worried they won’t have enough money to move to safer housing.

The written statement from Amicus goes on to say that representatives from the company met with tenants last week in order to better understand their needs.

Yeomans says the security deposits were not held in escrow by the owner, David Taylor. So Amicus is fronting the cost to fully refund all security deposits.

And noted that they also helped a few tenants with additional financial assistance.

Officials with the city plan to visit the apartment complex next week to sit down with tenants and decide what to do next.

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