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Kansas City Tenants Unionize Against Two Landlords With Problem Properties

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A view of a bathroom ceiling with a wide hole, water stains and peeling sheetrock.
Jackson County, Missouri, Circuit Court
Substandard conditions like water damage and mold are among those tenants of landlord Matthew McGee are facing.

More than 50 tenants who live east of Troost have formed a union to get their landlords to address property situations.

Black mold, roach infestations, non-working appliances and structural issues are just some of the complaints of those who rent from Matthew McGee and Alex Schifman. Inhabitants of these apartments and houses say repeated calls for repairs go unanswered. What the newly formed McGee/Schifman Tenant Union plans to do to make these landlords bring their properties up to safe and healthy standards.

  • Nikki White, former tenant of one of Matthew McGee’s properties
  • Gabe Coppage, tenant of Matthew McGee property
  • Mason Andrew Kilpatrick, KC Tenants organizer

Tenants in Kansas City, Missouri can file a complaint through the city's Healthy Homes Inspection program by calling 311 or (816) 513-6347, online or through the myKCMO app.

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