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At least five residents of an Oklahoma apartment complex without air conditioning have been given eviction notices, KFOR’s Adria Goins reported on Wednesday.  Manchester on May apartment complex is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

One renter says he has purchased over $1000 in small air conditioning units to combat the heat. Another says their floor has buckled due to hot conditions.

One woman, who alleges she experienced heat stroke from the conditions in her apartment, returned from the hospital to find an eviction notice on her door. She is one of several residents who received such a letter.

The residents claim they are unaware of the circumstances surrounding the termination of their leases. One resident was alleged to owe over $1000 in back rent, but provided receipts showing she was up to date. 

According to Jaime Wilburn, who received an eviction notice, “They haven’t even told me anything.” Wilburn does not even reside in the apartment where the eviction notice was found, but was moved to a different residence due to air conditioning issues.

Apartment complex may face class-action lawsuit over evictions, lack of air conditioning

According to KFOR News, over half of the apartments in Manchester on May are without air conditioning. The complex has over 100 apartments. 

Meanwhile, the residents of Manchester on May are considering a class action lawsuit against the complex. Oklahoma citizens have experienced one of the state’s hottest summers on record, with over 17 days at or above 100 degrees. 

Manchester on May management has communicated with KFOR News via email regarding the lack of air conditioning in the complex. In an email, the property management stated, “Unfortunately the damage that was done was underground throughout the entire property and we have to go the direction that is most suitable for the property.”

The email continued, “Our next step is to wait on the OG&E’s contracting department to start the work.  I do not have a time frame on that at this moment.”

The Black Wall St. Times reached out to the Manchester on May apartment building leasing office for a comment, but the call went to voicemail. 

Erika Stone is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Oklahoma, and a graduate assistant at Schusterman Library. A Chess Memorial Scholar, she has a B.A. in Psychology...