- Associated Press - Friday, March 1, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The landlord of an Omaha apartment complex whose tenants were evacuated by the city because of squalid conditions has countersued dozens of his former tenants, alleging they breeched their lease agreements by failing to keep the apartments clean.

Kay Anderson filed a lawsuit this week saying tenants at Yale Park Apartments didn’t properly clean their homes or give adequate notice of needed repairs, The Omaha World-Herald reported. The suit alleges that tenants caused at least $1 million in damage at the property.

“The discounted rent charged to plaintiffs was contemplated, set and reduced specifically because of the plaintiffs’ agreement to perform certain duties and obligations, particularly related to maintenance, upkeep and cleanliness,” the suit contends.

Anderson, who charged $550 to $595 for two- and three-bedroom apartments, also alleges that the complaints filed to the city were misleading and slanderous, and targeted AB Realty, the limited liability company that owns the complex.

“The complaint was designed and is being maintained to harass the defendants in a malicious and concerted effort to attempt to coerce and intimidate AB Realty to sell and/or abandon the Yale Park Apartments,” Anderson’s lawsuit states.



The complex was shuttered in September after Omaha housing inspectors received more than 100 complaints from occupants about the conditions, including unsafe electrical circuits, natural gas leaks and units infested with mice, bedbugs and maggots. The apartments were primarily housing refugees from Myanmar.

More than 90 tenants sued Anderson in December, seeking refunds on security deposits and rent, as well as damages for living in the dilapidated buildings.

“We think the counterclaims are wholly without merit and we intend to continue to pursue our claims vigorously,” said Mark Laughlin, an attorney for the former tenants.

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

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