Valley renters struggling to keep warm; allege landlords, Meridian-based company are giving them the "cold shoulder"
Eric Fink reports. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Jennifer Lamb lives in a Nampa townhouse managed by Park Place Property Management out of Meridian.
Due to the brutal temps over the last several weeks, the pipes in Lamb's home froze, leaving Lamb and her roommate without hot water for much of this month. The renters contacted Park Place's maintenance employees. Crews installed a portable heater next to the water heater to help thaw the pipes, but, no success.
"They [Park Place] want their money," Lamb said, "but we want running water."
Friday's warmer temperatures thawed the pipes.
"It actually took Mother Nature to do what the property management company didn't."
But, Andy Propst, the president of Park Place, argues his crews did all they could to restore water for a number of apartments in the Nampa complex.
"We feel really bad." Propst said. "There were affected, frozen up. We got 14 of the 16 back within 24 to 48 hours. We consulted with plumbers, restoration specialists, even the builder to try and get the water back on."