Dozens of residents take legal action against student housing complex
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —
More than 100 people are taking legal action against a Tuscaloosa apartment complex. The Hub promised luxury student housing and amenities, but residents said conditions are getting dangerously worse by the day.
Humble Law Firm accused The Hub management of violating the Alabama Landlord Tenant Act.
Raw sewage, flooding water and black mold were just a few of the complaints listed in a notice of claims letter. Lawyers said management knew the complex was not move-in ready on August 17th.
Some residents compared living at The Hub to living in a construction zone.
"Every morning, I wake up and walk through a pile of dust," Tommy McHugh said.
Bridget Baker said, "You should have to feel like a burden in your own home."
"I think we deserve a refund of some sort, they should be paying us to live here because it's so terrible," Devin Galo said.
Allegations have been made that hundreds of gallons of bleach were used to remove mold in the apartment complex.
"These are not band-aid fixes. Walk into the apartment, you see construction crews working around the clock to resolve these issues," Attorney Dustin Kittle said, "They should have been taken care of on the front end."
The City of Tuscaloosa issued the complex a temporary certificate of occupancy. Kittle asked city officials to re-inspect the building.
A meeting set with city officials Tuesday was canceled last minute. Kittle said city attorneys did not provide an explanation for the cancellation by end of day Tuesday, as promised.
"If there are significant health and safety issues that could cause harm to someone, then the city needs to take action," Kittle said.
Meanwhile, residents said the damages cover every floor in the complex with no end in sight.
"I would not recommend it to anybody," Gallo said, "I'm very disappointed with what they told us would be done, nothing has been done."
In a statement provided by Hub Management last month, they acknowledged what was promised to residents was not delivered.
Management has until Tuesday, September 25th to reach a reasonable settlement. If a settlement is not reach, Humble Law Firm told ABC 33/40 the class action law suit will definitely move forward.