AUSTIN -- The management of a Jollyville apartment complex has responded to allegations that it required former residents, burned out of their homes, to sign a document releasing management of any liability.
Trinity Property consultants released the following statement:
"In our 14 year history we have not experienced a tragedy of this magnitude and acted quickly to help in every way we can. As of today, 62 residents have received their full refund with only eight who have yet to claim their check, but can still do so without the release required."
The statement did not specify if any of the 62 residents, who got a refund, signed the document.
Five days before Christmas, dozens of people lost their homes in a huge fire at the International Residence Apartments.
The burned out residents complained they could not retrieve their deposits or back rent to apply for new homes because the complex was demanding they sign a settlement agreement releasing the complex of liability.
But state law entitles the residents to get their money back.