DETROIT (FOX 2) – Tenants in a Corktown apartment building say they live without heating or hot water. In three days, if the owner doesn’t do the repairs, they could end up on the street.
FOX 2: “Do you want to move?”
“Of course not,” said Theo Morten. “It’s a beautiful region.
“A lot of things here are not fixed when it comes to maintenance. “
But Morten and several others who live in the Victor Attar Apartments on Porter Street in Detroit may have to. All because the owner of the building did not carry out the repairs, leaving several tenants without heating, without water and without a working elevator.
After living for more than a week without heat or water, they say maintenance refused to fix it. On Monday, the tenants filed a complaint with the city.
The next day, Jessica Parker, head of law enforcement in Detroit, sent an inspector who confirmed the problems and gave the owner a ticket totaling $ 4,000.
“We left yesterday to see where the property was after trying to talk to the owner about the violations,” she said. “We issued another round of notes in the amount of $ 4,000.”
FOX 2 was unable to reach the new owner, but we are told he is facing $ 8,000 in tickets and torts. Residents say their needs began to slip through the cracks when the building was sold to a new owner.
“We’re kinda stuck in the middle,” Morten said. “The new owners don’t want to do anything right now because they don’t own the building. The previous owner is still fighting with the company that is trying to get the building.”
“The guy who wanted to buy the building wanted everyone to come out,” said resident Linda Smith. “There is a right and a wrong way, besides turning everything off illegally. You have no water, no light. Where are you going to move if you have nowhere to move? “
Parker says it’s there The Detroit BSEED comes in – the city’s building safety and environmental engineering department. If the landlord doesn’t fix the heat by Monday – for their own welfare, tenants will be relocated to safe temporary accommodation until the issues are resolved.
“No one deserves to live like this,” Parker said. “Now that we have his attention, he’s finally doing it.”
The enforcement agent tells us that owners of buildings like this have several options. They can show the aggressive plan for how they’re going to solve problems and work with the city, or they can show they’re making improvements. Otherwise, tickets and thousands of dollars in fines will keep coming.