Owners of Phoenix 'slum' facing civil and criminal cases

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by Steve Ryan

azfamily.com

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 6:34 AM

PHOENIX -- An apartment complex in Phoenix is being classified as a slum, meaning it's uninhabitable.

Complaints have been rolling in about conditions at Woodbridge Apartments near Glendale and 19th avenues for more than a year.

"We have a kid now," said tenant Denise Delisle. "It's still too hot to live here."

Among the other complaints of residents? Mouse droppings.

Some improvements have been made, but not enough for the city.

HK Realty, the company that owns the apartments, will be sentenced by a judge later this month in a civil case. That will likely result in fines and unannounced inspections. However, the company is appealing the decision. The owners are also facing a criminal case. They have refused to comment numerous times that 3TV visited.

Over the past year, the city of Phoenix found hundreds of health, safety, and compliance violations. Tenants have legal recourse against the complex.

"After you properly notify them, meaning in writing via certified mail with return receipt requested or via hard delivery, the you can take action under the law," says Neighborhood Services Department counselor Sharron Sauls. "The law allows you to terminate the lease without penalty, sue for damages, request an interior inspection."

A lot of tenants plan to start the process.

"If they can get people help here, then that would be great because it doesn't seem like they're doing what they need to do to fix it," Delisle said.

 

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