When concerned citizens heard that some apartments could be condemned during the inspection, two female community outreach workers attempted to distribute housing resources to Lexington Gardens residents. Unfortunately, Ms. Kim, the Lexington Gardens landlord, and her agents blocked the outreach workers from providing this valuable information to the tenants by calling the police to kick them off the property. Ms. Kim and her agents then photographed the workers and their vehicle license plates.
We are awaiting the status of Codes’ inspection and are unaware if they have furnished a list of required repairs. We are also unaware if Codes plans on following up on its inspection.
Ms. Kim is required to appear in General Sessions Environmental Court on Jan. 23. We hope Metro Codes and the court will hold her accountable, as no one has been able to far. We hope the court will enforce our laws against Ms. Kim and order her to make severely needed repairs immediately.
In addition to these developments, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority (“MDHA”) has terminated their Section 8 contract with Ms. Kim. MDHA is working to help Section 8 residents relocate to better housing units. This means that no future Section 8 recipients will fall victim to Ms. Kim’s predatory practice.
While we understand the need to provide Ms. Kim time to make extensive repairs, we also hope our community recognizes the immediate need to return the Lexington Gardens apartments to a safe and habitable condition.
While Codes and the court conduct their investigations, tenants continue to be shocked by faulty wiring, tenants continue to be subjected to broken pipes and insect infestations, and tenants and outreach workers continue to be intimidated by Ms. Kim and her slumlord-like practices.
We remain committed to the tenants at Lexington Gardens in their quest for justice.
*The Contributor, Nashville’s street paper on homelessness, will feature an article on Lexington Gardens on its front page in its Jan. 16 edition.*