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Former tenants of dilapidated Omaha apartments sue owner

December 28, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More than 90 former tenants have sued the owner of Omaha apartments that the city has deemed unlivable.

City inspectors evacuated hundreds of Myanmar refugees from the Yale Park Apartments Sept. 20, citing issues such as unsafe electrical circuits, natural gas leaks and units infested with mice, bedbugs and maggots.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the lawsuit filed last week seeks security deposits, rent refunds and damages stemming from living in the dilapidated buildings.

Efforts to reach owner Kay Anderson have been unsuccessful. He has said he was unfairly targeted by the city and groups advocating for refugees. He’s said his former tenants deserve some blame for not taking better care of their apartments.

Scott Lane is the city’s chief housing inspector, and he says Anderson has made little or no progress on rehabbing the property.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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