Renters find issues with flood-damaged units, property

HOUSTON - Katherine Frank, like thousands of renters across Houston, is feeling the pain of what Harvey left behind.

"I got rescued Sunday night by airboat and they took us to the GRB (George R. Brown Convention Center)," Frank said.

The water has receded, but left a big mess, forcing Frank to stay with family.

But since it's the first of the month, she's not sure what's going to happen with rent.

"It will be hard because I honestly don't know what's going to happen to all of this. I'm obviously going to have to move and that's going to be an expense, so that's going to be another expense on top of moving all this stuff out of here," Frank said.

Andy Teas is a spokesperson for the Houston Apartment Association.

"(The) best advice would be to make sure that you get in contact with your apartment manager today, if you can't pay your rent, get in touch with them and let them know and see if you can work something out," Teas said.

He said many residents need to work out specifics with their landlords.

"The law is that if a unit is totally unusable, that's the legal term, totally unusable then either the owner or the resident can terminate the lease,"  Teas said. "If the unit is partially unusable, then the resident will probably be due some sort of compensation, but that's going to be worked out on a case-by-case basis."

Frank has reached out to her apartment complex managers and is waiting to hear back. She's hoping she'll be able to move into a sister property.

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