Goose Creek residents living in the heat with broken A/C units

Published: Jun. 17, 2015 at 9:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2015 at 9:51 PM EDT
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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Some people in Goose Creek have been living without air conditioning in their apartments for two weeks.

They say management at the Spring Hill complex off Swift Boulevard is slacking on fixing their units.

According to the Spring Hill apartment website, central air is a feature in these apartment units.

"It's kinda hot," Amanda Bouneio, who has limited working A/C, said Wednesday. "It's horrible," Sharnett Hall, who has friends without A/C, added.

With triple digit heat indexes over the past three days it hasn't been easy for some residents at the Spring Hill apartment complex in Goose Creek.

They say they've dealt with temperatures up to 97 degrees inside their apartments because the air conditioning isn't working.

"My neighbor, she had to get hers worked on," Bouneio said. "I don't know if it's working yet, but she said hers was messing up too."

"Since no one can cook on their stove, they have to cook over the grill," a tenant, who wished to remain anonymous, said. "Everyone was out here upset, pretty much upset with management. I don't think it's the fact the AC is out, I think it's the fact that no one really cares."

When asked about the air conditioning problems, management inside the leasing office said they had "no comment".

While there two men were seen working on the fan units.

"I just really hope they get it together," the anonymous tenant said.

One woman said this isn't the first time something though like this has happened here.

She said her A/C broke right after she moved in three months ago.

"They covered my window with cardboard, and then they didn't acknowledge me until a week after that," Hall said. "They told me prior they were working on the situation, but I didn't get any response."

In the meantime, the people who live here are trying to stay cool by using fans, and staying with friends and family.

They also want some sort of help from management.

"You can always say, 'here I'm gonna put you in a hotel', at least at a discounted rate," the anonymous tenant said as a suggestion. "Here's a fan, here's something, freeze pops, icicles, anything! It's hot, and it's hard to breathe and sleep when you're sweating."

According to South Carolina Law, under Article 3 (Landlord Obligation) a landlord shall: "5) maintain in reasonably good and safe working order and condition all electrical, gas, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and other facilities and appliances, including elevators, supplied or required to be supplied by him. Appliances present in the dwelling unit are presumed to be supplied by the landlord unless specifically excluded by the rental agreement. No appliances or facilities necessary to the provision of essential services may be excluded."

A phone call was made to the parent company, Property Management, of the apartment complex for comment. It was not immediately returned.

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