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Judge declares low income properties public nuisances

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

A Hamilton County judge has declared several low-income apartment buildings public nuisances.

Volumes of evidence presented inside a Hamilton County courtroom show that several low income properties owned by the Puretz family have serious health and safety issues and after weighing that evidence judge Beth Meyers made her decision.

“I find that they are public nuisances.” Meyers said. 

Meyers went on to summarize some of the 1800 violations city inspectors found on the properties.

“There are problems with such things as electrical wiring, inoperable appliances in some of the units, damaged locks, peeling paint, broken windows, common area problems with upkeep and maintenance,” Meyers said.

Some of the buildings are located on Burton Avenue near Dana and along Reading Road in Avondale.

Attorney Steve Rothstein who represents the Puretz family declined an on camera interview, but he said he disagrees with the judge's ruling and insists the landlords have done everything they can to fix the problems.

So who will fix the problems?

Virginia Tallent with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio says the court has a couple of options like appointing a receiver to take control of the properties.

“The appointment of a receiver or to have the lender come on board to really make repairs and to make these buildings better for the families that live there,” Tallent said.

Michael Pinkston who lives at 1026 Burton Avenue where the roof collapsed last month says repairs can't come too soon.

“They still ain't doing no work on the inside of nobody's unit. It's a lot of problems, a lot of complaints, everybody still want answers. The sooner we get a receiver appointed to the building the better,” Pinkston said.

While the lenders are trying to come up with a plan to fix the various problems the landlords will still be collecting rent, but they'll be under
pressure to make the necessary improvements. 

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