Northeast Tarrant

Tenants of troubled Bedford apartments face eviction, say ‘there is no justice’

The Linbrook Apartments were recently purchased and the complex’s name was changed, but some tenants now say they are being treated unfairly by new management.
The Linbrook Apartments were recently purchased and the complex’s name was changed, but some tenants now say they are being treated unfairly by new management. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Some residents living at the Linbrook Apartments are facing eviction after the troubled complex was purchased by a new management group.

The residents are upset, saying they paid their January rent on time.

Nikole Pete told the Star-Telegram that she received an eviction notice Jan. 16. She had sent in her money order for her $1,130 rent on Jan. 6.

Dallas-based TriPro Management purchased the complex on Jan. 9 from Brigelle Bedford Holdings and YTMH LLC. According to court records, the Linbrook Apartments have been renamed The Avery.

Pete, who moved to the Linbrook Apartments eight months ago, said she had to wait until Jan. 6 to send the money order because she was waiting on a Social Security check from her father-in-law who is disabled and who shares the apartment.

“I don’t have good credit, and now they’re going to evict us,” Pete said.

TriPro Management filed the eviction lawsuits in Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Russell Casey’s court, according to Tarrant County court records. Tenants will have to appear in court Feb. 7.

Eric Conner, a spokesman for TriPro Management, said he would not comment on the eviction notices.

Another tenant, Joni Andress, said she has lived at the Linbrook Apartments for three years, and “couldn’t believe it” when she got an eviction notice.

Andress, a front office manager at the Super 8 Motel in Bedford , said she brought her money order for her $839 in rent to the apartment management office on Jan. 3.

“When I got my eviction notice, I was told by our new management that corporate said I owe $350 in late fees which are accruing $10 per day,” Andress said. “I said, I don’t owe any money ... there is no justice. How is it that low-income people have to bite the bullet?”

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Nathan Barnes shows the kitchen where the ceiling collapsed at the Linbrook apartments in Bedford in August. Joyce Marshall jlmarshall@star-telegram

Andress and Pete both describe living in unsanitary and unsafe conditions.

The air-conditioning unit is “hanging from the roof and is leaking into the closet,” Pete said. In addition, the floors are uneven, windows rattle and Pete said she has seen rats running across the roof of the building next door.

Andress said she is living with a huge hole in her ceiling and had previously fallen because of water from a leak in the ceiling. She sued the owners in 2015 and a settlement was reached, according to court documents.

Since 2016, Bedford has cited the Linbrook Apartments with at least 91 health and safety code violations. Included among those are violations for raw sewage, exposed wiring, leaking water lines, insects, rodents, broken fences and structural problems.

Last year, the city sued the former complex owners for failure to comply with repeated requests to fix the code violations, but dropped the lawsuit when TriPro Management bought the property.

Precinct 3 Constable Darrell Huffman, whose office served the Linbrook residents with the eviction notices, said he does not know how many were served but said his deputies talked about an “uptick” in eviction notices.

“I can’t even be safe in my own home. I’ve seen several families move out, but I’ve got to stay and fight.,” Andress said. “Somebody’s got to stand up for the little guy.”

This report contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

Elizabeth Campbell: 817-390-7696, @fwstliz

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