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Apartment Pipe Burst in Freezing Temps; Tenants Feeling Left in the Cold--Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A Villa Louise Apartment pipe ruptured earlier this month, because of the freezing temperatures. Now, many tenants say the property managers are leaving them out in the cold. The temporary housing provided will no longer be paid for by the property group in a matter of days.

Water filled the apartments on West End when the pipe burst. Property owners, Amcorp Realty closed the entire building due to the extensive damage. Tenants were placed in a nearby extended-stay hotel. Tom Giglio and his mother, Mary lived at Villa Louise for nearly a decade. Amcorp sent the Giglios and the other residents an email, stating the company would cover the stay and relocation expenses during the renovation. Two days ago that all changed.

Tom Giglio said, " Now we find out that we have to find our own place to be... as quickly as next week."

Another email was sent out to tenants on January 16th giving two options: Terminate your lease by January 27th, or return to Villa Louise when it is repaired. The latter requires residents to start paying for their own temporary housing on the 27th. Residents also say, no reimbursements for moving or storage will be covered now.

Mary Giglio said, "We tried to be as cooperative as we could, but now we have to face something else. I don't know if that's fair. Certainly doesn't seem fair to us."

For Mary Giglio, the entire process is a challenge. She became a bilateral amputee just a few months ago.

Mary Giglio explained, " I am just learning how to handle my new life style. I mean just packing a box or getting something is difficult."

Her son, Tom also faces health problems as a dialysis patient. They are worried about paying several hundred dollars in relocation costs. Dozens of other tenants are in the same boat. "Annie" wants to keep her identity concealed , but has lived at Villa Louise for the last 20 years.

Annie said, " Don't really give time to find some where else to go. People like me need to go to work, and don't have time to find a place. It hurt really bad."

Amcorp declined an interview, but released this statement to Fox 17:

"Sadly our property was one of many in the Nashville area that was affected by the freezing temperatures that led to frozen pipes bursting under stressed conditions this winter. Unfortunately, due to the extensive damage, the property is uninhabitable and needs major renovations. We are working diligently to ensure the property is restored so our tenants can return to their homes."

Villa Louise tenants are forming a group in the meantime, to try and resolve the issue.

 Tom Giglio explained, " I don't see how it's not the building's liability, if the rest of us had nothing to do with it."

Some tenants say they were told it could be a few more weeks before Villa Louise is open again.

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