Single Valley mom hopes management fixes apartment issues

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A single Valley mom has had enough of the problems at her apartment.

She said she struggles with bedbugs, no heat and backed up plumbing at the Woodbridge apartment complex at 19th and Glendale avenues, where other tenants have seen similar problems in the past.

The mother of five said her 4-month-old daughter is getting the brunt of it. She said the baby has already been bitten several times by bedbugs while living at the apartment.

Myesha Williams said she found bedbugs in her closet and a bedroom.

At first glance, Williams said she didn't see any red flags at Woodbridge Apartments.

"I didn't get the impression that it was bad at all," she said.

She only saw the upside.

"It was close to my job, so I just said, 'Let me just move in here. It's bigger,' " Williams said.

So she signed a one-year lease and pays around $595 a month.

"I have five kids, so I wanted two bedrooms, two baths, so I came over here and it was a little bit cheaper,” she said.

It’s something she said helps a lot since she's a single mother and has to pay for a baby sitter while working her full-time job.

"I thought I was getting a good deal, but I see that I'm not getting a good deal at all," she said.

In the end, she said it's not worth it because she doesn't have peace of mind.

"I don't have any heat, and when I turn this (oven) on, I never know when it's on or off because it has no numbers on it, and I have five little kids so it's dangerous," Williams said. "I had to put wrapping paper up (over windows) because there are no blinds."

There's also no shower head in the shower.

Her kitchen sink is clogged, and she said the garbage disposal is broken.

"I’m just tired of it because I have five kids, and no one should live like this at all," she said.

She said when she calls the office, the problems don't get resolved.

"Maybe they should shut these apartments down and get a new owner or something because they're not doing their job over here at all," Williams said.

Last year, a Phoenix court ordered Woodbridge Apartments to pay a $2.8 million fine related to 385 criminal counts.

The City of Phoenix said the complex has failed several inspections, and the city told 3TV back in December that Woodbridge was the only apartment complex in Phoenix officially designated a "slum property.”

3TV has reached out to management, and we are waiting for a response on what they will do moving forward.