Suffolk apartment complex to revise visitor rules following investigation

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by Nick Ochsner, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 27 at 6:03 PM

A 13News investigation is getting results for the residents of a Suffolk apartment complex who claim their manager banned babysitters from watching children on the property.

Our investigation began after multiple calls from tenants at the Heritage Acres Apartments. They were concerned about the policy in the wake of 25-year-old Lakeisha Danielle Myrick, who lives at the complex, being arrested for child abuse and cruelty.

Suffolk Police say Myrick's children were home alone when they went to her home last Sunday.

Questions raised in our investigation on Wednesday caught the attention of investigators at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees the low-income housing.

Thursday, HUD officials said they were in the process of talking with the apartment's manager, the company that oversees the complex and the owner of the property.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, HUD spokeswoman Lisa Wolfe said, "[the apartment manager] understands our concerns and the need to reach out to the tenants to help them understand the provisions of the tenant policies and procedures and to clarify some of the areas in question."

PK Management, which runs the complex, told 13News Investigates late Thursday afternoon that they are in the process of changing the policy and procedures of the complex.

"Residents will be given changes within the next couple of weeks," company spokeswoman Joyce Walker said. "These changes will take effect 30 days after the review period of the House Rules."

Wolfe, the HUD spokeswoman, said the agency has offered to facilitate a meeting with the apartment managers and residents within the next couple of weeks to review and clarify the policies.

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