WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Today's heat advisory recommended people drink plenty of fluids and stay in an air-conditioned environment. Virginia McDowell would normally spend the day in her apartment, but her air conditioning has been broken for a month, and the landlord still hasn't fixed it. The Market North Apartments are low-income housing, but residents still expect a certain standard of living.
For one month McDowell has been waiting for her air conditioner to be fixed, but she says the manager has been giving her the run-around. Last week, she was told it would be fixed on Monday.
"I waited Monday, Tuesday," she said. "I called Wednesday. They don't know when it's coming in. It was on the truck somewhere."
McDowell has lived in the apartment for 15 years, and until now, she's always had air conditioning. Even though it's a standard of living most people have become accustomed to, there is no law in North Carolina requiring landlords provide their tenants with air conditioning. Even if her landlord isn't breaking any laws, McDowell feels that after being a loyal tenant for so long she deserves more respect.
"I stay to myself," McDowell said. "I don't bother nobody out here. I feel like I was treated really wrong, 'cause they lied to me."
Mcdowell is diabetic, so being in her home is important. It is where she keeps her medications and food appropriate for her medical condition. But because of the heat, she has had to stay elsewhere with family members.
"I wanna come home," she said. "I do this all day long: Walk and sweat. Walk and sweat. Walk and sweat."
We made a number of phone calls trying to reach the property managers at Market North Apartments. The on-site propety manager declined to comment. Her supervisors never returned my phone calls.