Residents at troubled Serenity Towers say they have no A/C again amid sweltering temperatures

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Residents at a troubled Memphis apartment community say they have no A/C again amid sweltering temperatures.

Residents at Serenity Towers told FOX13 conditions are ‘miserable’ inside the apartment building.

Multiple residents called and emailed to say the A/C is no longer working.

Temperatures in the Mid-South are in the upper 90s with heat indices reaching into the triple digits.

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Tenant Michael Harvey said the situation is unacceptable.

You know the temperatures now are soaring, and for us to have to sit up in these rooms or be forced to go outside instead of in the comfort of our own room where we pay rent, it’s not acceptable,” he said.

Harvey said he’s spent sleepless nights in the heat.

“As I speak to you it’s 90-something degrees in my room,” he said. “I don’t have the energy to even get up to even put on some clothes right now. I can hardly catch my breath as I speak to you.”

In court Tuesday, attorneys for the apartments touted some progress, residents said the lack of security on site is concerning.

“It’s like homeless people come in the building and sleep,” Harvey said. “People have come in and tore the laundry room up and turned the washers upside down. The TVs have been stolen out of the room.”

He said many residents are in fear for their safety at the property.

“We as a people, as elderly people, should be treated fairly,” Harvey said. “We have rights. Our voices need to be heard because something drastic is going to happen and it’s going to be too late.”

The City of Memphis confirmed they received reports of the A/C being out, but said they were told it was due to a power outage.

City officials said Code Enforcement is responding to Serenity Towers today to make sure residents have air.

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For months, FOX13 has reported on conditions at the apartment community, including mold, bed bugs, no hot water, and other problems.

Hundreds of units at the property previously had no A/C.

FOX13 is working to learn the current status of the air and other issues at the property.

The owners are due back in environmental court Thursday morning.

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