HOUSTON – A Harris County woman alleges that her disability was not accommodated by her former apartment building.
Jacqueline White filed a complaint on Sept. 7 in the Harris County District Court against Woodlake on the Bayou Apartments Inc., PenOak Properties LTD, Slosburg Co. and Richdale Apartments alleging that they violated the Deceptive Trade Practices Consumer Protection Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff began renting a unit at Woodlake on the Bayou in April 2016. In January, the suit states she informed the defendant that she was wheelchair-bound and needed an accessible unit, but she was not provided one. The suit states she signed a new lease for a first-floor unit in March, but this unit had mold issues. She alleges staff did come and spray the mold, but did not notify her that she should not be in the unit when this was done. She alleges she was hospitalized two days later after the mold treatment.
The plaintiff holds Woodlake on the Bayou Apartments Inc., PenOak Properties LTD, Slosburg Co. and Richdale Apartments responsible because the defendants allegedly sprayed the mold in her presence, failed to accommodate her disability, refused to make necessary repair on her unit and retaliated against her and began eviction proceedings against her for filing a complaint.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks monetary relief of more than $200,000, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney's fees, costs and such other general and special relief. She is represented by Christy Dockery of Dockery Law Firm PLLC in Houston.
Harris County District Court case number 2017-58558