It’s a story we’ve been investigating for months. People at Wedington Place Senior Apartments in Fayetteville heard they could be kicked out or their rates were going up.
Owners assured renters this was not the case. Then they received a letter saying that, yes, their rent was in fact going up.
Our investigation in August brought the owners of the complex to town after they heard the Northwest Regional Housing Authority, which manages the complex, was reportedly neglecting seniors.
Owner, Steve Clark assured the renters their rates would not go up as long as he owned the complex. He said that’s a promise he intends to keep.
Karlene white has lived at Wedington Apartments for more than a decade. White said, “We’re seniors, we have no place to go. Some people in here have families to go to, I don’t.”
She has never seen anything like she’s experienced in the last few months. “They were going to make no changes concerning the property and yet everybody got notices that the rent’s going up,” said White.
Clark said, “Once I heard from you, we got ahold of them and we told them to rescind it because we made the comment that the rent was not going to go up.”
Clark said until we called him, he had no idea Northwest Regional Housing Authority had implemented a rent increase. Now, because of our investigation, he said that decision was made without his consent and rent will not be going up. “It was a lack of communication so they are sending out a notice,” said Clark.
The housing authority chalked it up to being able to maintain the property. Neil Gibson: Northwest Regional Housing Authority “The property has to cover their expenses. When we do ask for a rent increase, it’s the minimal we can get by with.”
Residents said this isn’t something they take lightly, especially when they could be losing an extra 50 to 100 dollars every month.
White said, “We have no place else to go. I feel like when you get old and grey…nobody wants you.”