AG Hawley Files Lawsuit Against the St. Louis Housing Authority

Suit to enforce landlord tenant laws and provide safe and properly maintained homes

Aug 16, 2018, 10:37 AM
Aug 16, 2018, 10:36 AM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today filed a lawsuit against the St. Louis Housing Authority and McCormack Baron Management, Inc., challenging the conditions of the Clinton-Peabody Housing Complex in St. Louis. Earlier this year, the Attorney General’s Office announced an investigation into living conditions at the complex. The Office served an investigative subpoena on the Housing Authority, and since that time investigators from the Office have inspected units at the housing complex.   

The residents of Clinton-Peabody have faced longstanding problems with rodent and pest infestations, substantial indoor mold accumulation, structural failure, and other serious issues. As alleged in the Petition, the Housing Authority and its property manager, McCormack Baron, have had notice of these issues through both tenant complaints and media stories, but they have failed to take appropriate remedial action. The Petition alleges that the Housing Authority and McCormack Baron have violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, maintained a public nuisance, and engaged in a civil conspiracy. 

“No Missourian should be forced to come home to the intolerable conditions that Clinton-Peabody residents face each day,” Hawley said. “Missouri law gives tenants the right to live in a safe and properly maintained home, and I am committed to ensuring that this vital right is vindicated.” 

A copy of the Petition, which includes photographic evidence relating to the conditions at the housing complex, is available here​​.