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Woodland Park Apartments Residents Facing Possible Utility Shutoffs

CenterPoint Energy says if past due payments aren't fulfilled by the landlord of the Woodland Park Apartments complex in Evansville, tenants could lose gas and electric services by late August.

Posted: Jul 14, 2021 11:00 AM
Updated: Jul 15, 2021 11:10 AM

Residents of the Woodland Park Apartments complex in Evansville, Indiana, could soon be without gas and power due to payments not being made by the apartment complex's landlord and management, according to CenterPoint Energy.

Officials with CenterPoint Energy say they've made multiple attempts to collect past due payments from the landlord/management of the complex since 2019, though unsuccessfully so.

“Unfortunately we have been trying to work with them since 2019 in various manners to remedy what is a significant past-due amount for that complex," CenterPoint Energy told 44News. "We’re wanting to give those residents as much advance notice as possible that their management and landlord has been unable to fulfill the payments/past-due balance."

According to CenterPoint Energy, multiple payment plans have also been offered to the management of the complex, but the payments have still not been made.

CenterPoint Energy says that if the outstanding balance isn't paid by the Woodland Park Apartments’ landlord, service at the apartment complex will be subject to disconnection in late August of 2021.

The utility company also noted that it's unable to switch electric and natural gas services at Woodland Park Apartments into individual resident accounts.

Information on your rights as a tenant in Indiana is available online at housing4hoosiers.org.

The city's code enforcement office says they hosted a code enforcement blitz at the complex three years ago but since then, there have still been multiple violations and citations.

Retired truck driver Ira Byard and his wife Sandy, have been living at the complex for a year and a half. They are some of the tenants not only outraged, but left in the dark about their landlords' non-payment to CenterPoint Energy. 

"We haven't gotten nothing, not a letter in the mail, not a note on my door," Ira Byard said. "We can't live on the streets."

CenterPoint says they want to make it clear they have been paid some by Woodlands, but there is still a substantial amount due since they started a special payment plan with them in 2019.

"We've exhausted all options," Oshodi said.

If they are not paid, then shut off on Aug. 1st will be that last resort.

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