Suffolk apt. complex changes rules to allow babysitters

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by Nick Ochsner, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 5:41 PM

SUFFOLK -- The Suffolk apartment complex accused of not allowing its residents to hire babysitters to watch their children on the property has changed its rules in the wake of a 13News Now Investigation.

Residents at Heritage Acres Apartments, which is a federally subsidized complex, called 13News Now in June complaining of the rule.

Several residents we spoke with said the rule prevented them from being able to work or go to school since they couldn't hire someone to watch their children.

We contacted the Department of Housing and Urban Development to see if the rules could be changed.

Our story prompted HUD officials and the apartment's management representatives to revise the rules.

Representatives from PK Management, the company that runs the apartment complex, held a meeting with residents to explain the revised rules last week.

One resident we spoke with Thursday said tenants will be allowed to have babysitters watch their children on property, as long as they provide written notice and receive approval in advance.

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