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Judge could declare low income apartments a public nuisance

(FOX19 NOW/Frankie Jupiter) (FOX19 NOW/Frankie Jupiter)

Several low-income properties, including an Avondale apartment building that had its roof collapsed, may be turned over to a court appointed receiver. 

The city is accusing those property owners of maintaining a public nuisance. 

Several tenants of the apartments were here in Judge Beth Meyers' courtroom along with police and community leaders for a hearing and to say enough is enough. 

Jeanette Coleman who lives at the Alms Hill Apartments says it's time the properties became decent places to live.

“We need a change. The tenants in our building we need a safe habitable place to live just like everybody else.”

Tenants of 1026 Burton Avenue and other properties have joined the city in filing suit to force the property owners to address maintenance issues like mold and malfunctioning elevators.

[Related: Avondale residents want apartment complex fixed after roof collapse]

Coleman says the situation has become dangerous. “I've already been stuck on the elevator personally myself. Fortunately I was small enough to fit through the elevator shaft so they pulled me up through the elevator shaft, had the doors pried open and told me to jump.”

Nick DiNardo with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio says the evidence is pretty solid.

“The city and Legal Aid came together on behalf of the tenants, on behalf of the neighborhoods to present to the court a large amount of evidence showing that these buildings had not been properly managed and properly maintained,” DiNardo said. 

If Judge Meyers declares the properties a public nuisance DiNardo says Meyers can decide to turn them over to a receiver. “The receiver would collect the rents, collect the subsidy payments from HUD hopefully and would then be in charge of making the repairs and coming up with a plan to stabilize the properties.”  

Judge Meyers says she could issue a ruling as early as 10 a.m. Thursday, but the Legal Aid Society says there is more than enough evidence to have the properties declared public nuisances.

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