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Tenants File Class Action Lawsuit Against Lindsey Management

By Anne Bucher

 

Lindsey Management class action lawsuitFormer tenants are suing Arkansas-based Lindsey Management Co. Inc., claiming that the property management company engaged in conspiracy and fraud and risked the tenants’ health. Four former tenants filed the class action lawsuit last month in Saline County Circuit Court.

In their class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs accuse Lindsey of violating the Arkansas Deceptive and Unconscionable Trade Practices Act (ADTPA), fraud, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, civil conspiracy and breach of contract. They are seeking an unspecified amount of damages.


In their 24-page complaint, the plaintiffs accuse the property management company of devising a scheme in which titles to individual pieces of property are owned by different legal entities. The tenants claim in their class action lawsuit that Lindsey Management used this system in order to “circumvent liability.” The plaintiffs allege Lindsey Management has essentially created a series of alter egos or sham entities to help them avoid liability.

According to the class action lawsuit, Lindsey representatives would refuse to show an apartment to prospective tenants until they sign a lease and arrange for the utilities to be turned on. Then the resident would be shown a model apartment that Lindsey claimed was similar to the one the tenant would lease. In reality, most of the apartments were run down and in poor condition.

Many tenants have complained about rodents, roaches, spiders and mold present in the apartments. The plaintiffs claim that tenants are often told that pest control is their problem. A number of tenants allege that they were evicted from their apartments after making complaints about the habitability or cleanliness of their apartments.

The plaintiffs allege that the property managers would keep their security deposits even after tenants paid to have the apartment professionally cleaned before moving out. In their class action lawsuit, they accuse Lindsey of pocketing their security deposits without using the money to cover maintenance, repairs and cleanup.

According to the Lindsey Management class action lawsuit, the company frequently retains its tenants’ entire security deposit without performing necessary repairs to the apartment after the tenant moves out. In some cases, the company will charge tenants fees on top of the security deposit without making any repairs. Similarly, the company will deduct charges from the security deposit even when a tenant has thoroughly cleaned the apartment and left it free of damage other than normal wear and tear.

Lindsey Property Management owns and operates more than 2,500 properties throughout the United States, including Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. According to the class action lawsuit, there have been more than 83 complaints regarding Lindsey made to the Better Business Bureau in Little Rock from 2010-12.

The Lindsey Management Class Action Lawsuit is Foster, et al. v. Lindsey Management Co. Inc., et al, Case No. 63-CV-12-898, in the Circuit Court of Saline County, Arkansas, Third Division.

 

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Updated July 26th, 2013

 

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21 Comments

  • Ashley July 27, 2013

    I have also been having problems. How can I get in this class action suit?

  • Ashley July 27, 2013

    I also have been having problems with management. How can I get in on the class action lawsuit?!

  • Dorothy July 28, 2013

    when can i file.

  • Dorothy July 28, 2013

    when can i file.

  • Dorothy July 28, 2013

    when can i file.

  • Dorothy July 28, 2013

    when can i file.

  • Dorothy July 28, 2013

    when can i file.

  • Dorothy July 28, 2013

    when can i file.

  • Sanston M Foster IV July 30, 2013

    Contact Mickey Stevens at Lawyerark@yahoo.com of me at smood4iv@yahoo.com

  • Sanston M Foster IV July 30, 2013

    Contact Mickey Stevens at Lawyerark@yahoo.com of me at smood4iv@yahoo.com

  • Sanston M Foster IV July 30, 2013

    Contact Mickey Stevens at Lawyerark@yahoo.com of me at smood4iv@yahoo.com

  • BOB August 11, 2013

    Lindsay did the same to me.they kept my $250.00 security deposit,and still billed me for $90.00 to disinfect the apartment and wanted me to pay $25.00 for paint.the damn apartment was never painted before we moved in.after making arraignment to pay the $90.00 to Lindsay they turned me in to a collection agency to get the money. is this the way to run a business.I think not

  • Aurielle August 24, 2013

    I lived in a Lindsey apartment for almost 2 years. When moving, I had to pay $1,500.00 in addition to most of the $250 security deposit. I had thought that the fee for moving out before the lease expired only applied to the first year, but it seems that it was a roll-over lease so I could be there for 20 years and it would still apply.
    That should be illegal. $1.500.00 is a lot of money for the average person to pay for no good reason.

  • Pamela Haywood October 21, 2013

    I would like to add that not only do they have mold on pretty much every windows. They have the most unprofessional staff a some of the sites that dont care what you tell them.

  • Whitney February 5, 2014

    I have a lawsuit against them to!! If you need any help email me!!

    • Oscar Jones February 18, 2014

      I have a similar lawsuit against Lindsey in Fayetteville. Who is representing you in the suit? Oscar Jones, Batesville

      • Erin May 6, 2014

        I have had problems with Lindsey also I live in one of there apt. I came home to my whole apt flooded due to the hose that was suppose to be connected to toilet came loose. They pulled over 300 gallons of water out of my apt it reckef my couch 2 queue size beds. I want to know if there is anything I can do

    • Erin May 7, 2014

      I need some help with filing against Lindsey

  • Gaylen Baker July 2, 2014

    I too am being poorly treated. This is a letter I am sending the JoCoHousingCoalition.com

    To Whom It May Concern,

    I am having issues with my landlord at The Greens@ Shawnee. There was a flood in the apartment next to me and the water came into my apartment. I was sleeping, at the time I was working two jobs, and the maintenance man did not come into the apartment. The manager, Bob said, “You were playing games just to cause trouble, I am getting rid of you.” Since, he has added late fees to my rent. This occurred after we had a verbal agreement that I received my pay on the 7th of every month and would pay them. I earn $10.00 an hour, the rent takes one check and part of another. I have lived there 11 years and have never not paid my rent until this month. I got a notice from their lawyer saying I owed $1100.00. I went in to pay the amount on the court document stated and Bob charged me $1170.00. I have had several conversations with the different managers and Wendy at Resident Relations for The Greens@Shawnee stating, I can no longer afford to live there. Lindsay Management is notorious for tacking on erroneous fees that would be impossible for me to pay.

  • Kelia July 7, 2014

    Dealing with Lindsey Management and getting in this apartment rental agreement was the worst situation ever. This place was absolutely disgusting and it broke my heart. Me and my husband were expecting a new baby. We were shown a beautiful apartment that was already set up and when we signed our lease, we got our keys and walked into a badly infested roach apartment. The doors were broken from a previous couple that apparently were abusive towards each other. I immediately waddled my pregnant self back into that office and said No Patsy Pickle (who was the apartment manager at that time) and said this wont work! There are roached everywhere. She came to the apartment with a can of raid and said she would take care of it. We came back the next day and they had put some little roach motels out and I went again and said no that wont work either. Patsy then said that the apartment below had a bad roach infestation and that the roached were coming from the bottom. I told her that we needed another apartment at this point because we needed to start getting moved and she told us that she did not have one because this was her last one. I said, we cant live in a roach infested apartment. She said well all I can tell you it forfeit. I said well I guess that is what we will have to do. She said that we would not get our deposit back. I was upset about that because we never moved one item into the apartment but had to give up money. After forfeiting my deposit. I went to put stop on the rent check before she got our money. She called us the next week saying she needed rent money. I said no mam, we forfeited our deposit remember. She said Oh you have to pay a full months rent too. I was truly shocked about this. I told her that we would not do that and it seems like she was scamming us. She took us to court and we had to pay almost $500 for 2 days of the lease. (I have receipts). I was in disbelief. Within a month, I had a letter in the mail asking for over $1500 for rent and move out fees!!!! I about had a heart attack no lie. I called corporate at this point and they were right down with her and taking her side about it all. I am not stuck with this on my credit and was out of almost $900 in rent/deposit fees. Patsy Pickle is no longer there so there is no way to resolve this issue but to PAY! I say NO….I pray to God that this lawsuit goes through and Lindsey fixes this problem.

  • Kimberly Villarreal July 9, 2014

    I would like more information on this lawsuit please. We just moved in on July 5th 2014 & have had nothing but problems since day one. We have asked for our full deposit and rent back so we can leave quietly but they refuse. The apartment was completely filthy and infested with cockroaches. I cannot live like this. We were promised a perfect luxury apartment and were lied to. Who can I contact asap???

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