In response to complaints from tenants, the city’s Code Enforcement Division made sweeping inspections of the Section 8 apartment complex on Telfair Street during the second week of June. About 250 code violations were cited in 25 units inspected, said environmental code officer Shawn Rhodes.
The grounds and common areas, including hallways and laundry room, were also inspected.
Inspectors reported a lack of smoke detectors; broken windows; water leaks; and damaged floors, ceilings and walls, among other issues, Rhodes said. Violations posing imminent fire and safety dangers were corrected immediately, and a pest control company was called.
The apartment’s property manager, PK Management, was given 30 days to correct the remaining violations.
Rhodes said PK Management responded quickly to correct the violations and vowed to make additional improvements to areas that met minimum code requirements but were not of high standard.
A new inspection of the units found in violation is scheduled for Tuesday. Six units will be inspected for the first time, Rhodes said.
“Next week, they are going to provide us with an extensive plan for updating the entire complex,” Rhodes said.
A phone call Friday to PK Management was not immediately returned.
Tenants instigated some issues such as removing smoke detectors and stockpiling items in common areas, blocking access to electrical panels, Rhodes said.
The property manager, however, has responsibility to address issues and ensure the property stays in compliance.
Rhodes said the city’s code enforcement office received few complaints about River Glen Apartments previously.
The recent inspections began with a complaint from one resident who urged others to complain.
“They are all calling with valid complaints,” she said.
The Augusta Housing Authority, which reviews Section 8 applications for the property manager, is responsible for inspecting the units at least once a year.
“We’re working very hard in there,” Rhodes said. “We’re trying to do everything we can to get the residences where they need to be.”