Ashton Square apartment tenants scrambling to find a place to live

Published: Feb. 15, 2016 at 10:40 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2016 at 11:21 PM EST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Ashton Square apartment residents in Richmond are overwhelmed right now.  They've been told they only have a few days to find a place to live after a letter from KRS Holdings says the city may condemn the building on Wednesday because of the hot water issue.

NBC12 found out the city is working to set the record straight and says KRS is trying to make the City look bad.

Dozens of families who are in a state of panic. How do you find a place to live in just a few days?

"My mama is handicap, I mean, I don't know where we're going to go," said Karen Ellis, a resident at the apartment complex.

For 10 years, the Ellis family has called Ashton Square apartments in Richmond their home. They were actually in the process of moving to a downstairs apartment when a letter from KRS Holdings was posted Friday afternoon. It said the city may condemn three buildings at the complex because people haven't had hot water for months.

The deadline to move is Wednesday.

"You can't do it in three days!" said Pearl Ellis, Karen's mother.

Pearl Ellis is on oxygen and Karen takes care of her. Having the medical issues makes a move difficult, and they want to stay.

"Condemning it to me is not going to make it any better, that's more problems on top of people already having problems," said Karen Ellis.

Other tenants, like Tatyana, found another apartment over the weekend.

"I found one, but it's about $300-$400 more than I'm used to."

She's been fighting the management company KRS Holdings over the hot water issue for months.

"They just have complete disregard for people," she said.

Some of these families who are moving say they've already paid this month's rent, which they are hoping to get back.

Copyright 2016 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved

Report an Error or Submit a Tip to NBC12