Air conditioning issues raising concerns at Southfield apartment complex

Posted at 11:17 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 05:13:26-04

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) — As a dangerous heat wave approaches Metro Detroit, neighbors at a Southfield apartment complex complain that their air conditioning is not properly working.

Several residents at The Sapphire Apartments contacted Action News about the issue.

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The company advertises up to four bedroom units and air conditioning under amenities on its website.

Kendra Fenderson said she heard about the issue before moving in but didn't expect it to be an major issue.

"I'm having heat exhaustion," Fenderson said. "I'm six and a half months pregnant. I suffer from migraines."

Lakeisha White said she pays $1,200 a month in rent and plans to move out due to the air conditioning issue.

"It's been hot for at least about a month," White said.

Statement from the Sapphire's spokesperson:

"The chiller is working in the building. While the cooling system is providing some relief, with the heat index higher than it has been in years in Michigan, it can be expected that most large buildings will be warmer than some are accustomed to. We look forward to this passing and temperatures getting back to normal."

Resident Anthony Brown is partially handicapped with four children. He told Action News he pays $1,600 a month for a three bedroom unit. He said the coolest it gets is 79 degrees.

Action News has previously reported about issue during the winter at the apartment complex.