Search warrant served at apartments after complaints from residents


by Steve Ryan

Posted on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 21 at 6:03 PM

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PHOENIX -- Prosecutors are deciding the next step for an apartment complex in Phoenix where the property managers and owners are accused of forcing tenants to live in deplorable conditions.

Phoenix Police officers, joined by officials from the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department, served a search warrant at the Woodbridge Apartments Tuesday morning. 

They obtained the warrant based on numerous complaints from tenants over the past few months about lack of air conditioning, dead animals on the property, flooding, broken porches, staircases, lofts, patios, and floors. 

"We've already written 46 civil citations that are in the court process. At this point, we're collecting information, all of the investigation that we're doing today, and we'll meet with our prosecutors to see what our next step is," said Neighborhood Services Deputy Director, Tim Bowling.

The property is owned by H.K. Realty and J.K. Residential, one of which is based in the Valley, the other in Phoenix. 

They can fix the property, but may still face civil charges in court. The property manager repeatedly refused to answer 3TV's questions.

"I can't even get into the laundry rooms, because there are no ramps going in, and the steps are so high," said tenant, Douglas Baker, who uses a power chair.

Baker plans to take advantage of the advocate from the city, who is helping educate residents on their rights under the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.