Serenity at Highland residents face eviction; accused of not paying rent

Updated: Jan. 2, 2019 at 6:01 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Several residents are fighting to keep a roof over their heads because of rent confusion at their housing complex.

Resident Patricia Taylor is frustrated after receiving an eviction notice in December for her subsidized housing at Serenity at Highland.

"They said it states that you didn't pay your rent in February 2018, and I said 10 months ago?! You're just now telling me this? She said find your receipt," said Taylor.

Taylor said apartment managers also claim she didn't pay rent for June and December of 2018.

"Why would I not pay the rent you know, after I've been here 15 years," said Taylor.

She provided the receipt that shows she paid her December rent, but because of issues like bed bugs, she said she couldn't find other receipts.

WMC was present when residents dealt with a bed bugs incident in 2017.

"We've been treated for bed bugs so many times. I used to be very organized, but my papers are kind of scattered all over cause we have to empty out our drawers all kind of stuff," said Taylor.

Brad Watkins with the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center is stepping in to help residents.

"We are calling on HUD and Tennessee Housing Development Agency to launch a full audit into the book keeping into Millenia Housing Properties in these Global Ministries properties they've taken over," said Watkins.

A spokesperson with Millenia Housing Management said 33 residents initially received notices of lease violations, 11 of those have since been cancelled and 5 units have already vacated.

Taylor said she just wants to get to the bottom of all the confusion.

"I wish God would intervene and work through this situation so that we aren't screwed over," said Taylor.

We reached out to both HUD and the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

HUD could not be reached because of the government shut down and we are still waiting to hear back from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

The residents will head to court Thursday.

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