MISSION, Kan. -- Christopher Dixon is embroiled in a financial fight with the managers at The Falls Apartment Complex on Foxridge Drive in Mission, Kansas. It's not the first time the complex has made headlines. In September, 2010, Dixon says he moved into the apartment complex hoping to start a new life, but he says his dream suddenly turned into a big disaster.
"I reported to them before the fire that there was not only toxic mold inside my apartment, but there were leaks in the ceiling.," Dixon said.
Twice, Dixon says crews replastered the walls.
"They didn't offer any place for me to move, " he adds.
Months later, in July, 2011, a fire broke out inside two apartments at the falls--killing two people. For Dixon, that was the final straw. The General Motors assembly line worker, worried about his own safety, broke his lease two months early and moved out.
Regardless of his reasons, his landlords still say he broke his lease.
"It's been a very inconvenience. I am mad, " said Dixon.
When he tried to move into a new apartment at another location, Dixon was turned down because he says the Falls' managers have slapped him with a bill of almost $1,000 that's ruined his credit.
"I am very mad. They're charging me $998.00 and they're putting that on my Transunion credit report. I'd like that removed," he said.
Tuesday Dixon stopped by the Falls' leasing office and tried to settle the dispute, but to no avail. When FOX 4 stopped by, we were told the property and business managers weren't in. Late Tuesday afternoon during a brief conversation, a representative from Nolan Real Estate, who operates the falls, called Dixon's broken lease battle a private matter. Meantime, a defiant Chris Dixon isn't giving up.
"Just continue to fight and see what else I can do to get this $998.00 taken off my perfect credit record. I am considering talking to a lawyer," said a frustrated Dixon.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Dixon told FOX 4 the property owners at the Falls have since offered to further discuss the situation.
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