Apartment complex conditions under investigation by the city of Phoenix

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by Steve Ryan

azfamily.com

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 14 at 10:20 PM

PHOENIX -- Tenants at the Woodbridge Apartment complex in Phoenix are outraged over what they call deplorable, dangerous and unhealthy living conditions. 

Now, they're taking some comfort in an investigation being conducted by the Phoenix Police Department and Neighborhood Services.

"It's ridiculous; I've got to get out of here, and I'm willing to take my chances, break my lease or whatever, because I can't raise my child here," said tenant Everett Adams.

Around the complex, there are dozens of dead animals, staircases in shambles, lofts with holes in the floor, flooding and rotted porches. Some tenants said they haven't had air conditioning in about two weeks.

The city sent police officers from the Neighborhood Action Team to investigate on Tuesday. City officials said that they can take action once due process takes its course, which could include the property owners, HK Realty and JK Residential, fixing the apartments.

Residents also have rights under the Arizona Tenant Act, although, that could entail hiring attorneys, which many of them can't afford. 

3TV tried to speak with two property managers at the complex, but neither of them would answer our questions and asked us to leave, a request which we honored.

"I've been here since 2008 and no service," Adams said. "It's just unprofessional staffing always."

Information about tenants rights can be found on the Arizona Secretary of State's website.

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