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When tenant gives up on landlord, city finds 30 violations

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When tenant gives up on landlord, city finds 30 violations

When tenant gives up on landlord, city finds 30 violations

For low-income tenants in substandard housing, the decision to call city inspectors for help isn't an easy one.

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When tenant gives up on landlord, city finds 30 violations

SAYS SHE'S LIVINGIN IN-HUMANECONDITIONS INHER NORTHOMAHAAPARTMENT.AND SHE'S NOTTHE ONLY ONEWHO FEELS THATWAY.THE CITYINSPECTED THEPROPERTY ANDFOUND DOZENS OFSAFETYVIOLATIONS.SO BAD THAT ITHAS GIVEN THELANDLORD 30 DAYSTO FIX ALL OF THEPROBLEMS OR ITWILL BECONDEMNED..3 NEWS NOWINVESTIGATORJEFF VAN SANTHAS BEENLOOKING INTO THEPROBLEMS.HE JOINS US IN THENEWSROOM WITHMORE.JEFF?LANDLORDS ARESUPPOSEDPROVIDE AT LEASTTHE BASICS FOR ATENTANT -- LIKE ASAFE LIVINGSPACE..BUT -- ONE WOMAN-- SAYS HERLANDLORD ISN'TLIVING UP TO THEIREND OF THE DEAL ..12:31:16 THIS ISNOT RIGHT..IM NOT LIVING ..MICE ROT MOLDLOOSE WIRING..FRANCINA WILSONDEALS WITH ITALL..12:25:09 THE FUSEBOXES..THEY'RE NOTRIGHT..SITTING RIGHT..I HAVE A WATERMETER THAT ISUPSIDE DOWNTHAT BELONGS TO4418 THATS NOTSUPPOSED TO BEIN THIS HOMECONDITIONS SHESAYS NO ONESHOULD LIVE IN ..12:26:54 I WASLAYING IN THE BEDWATCHING TV ONENIGHT AND MICEHAD WENT DOWNAND GOT IN THEBED..IT FELL OUT THEVENT BECAUSETHE VENT IS NOTALL THE WAYSCREWED..SHES LIVES INSMALL 3 BEDROOMBASEMENTAPARTMENT OFFAIMES IN NORTHOMAHA..FRANCINA SAYS ITSA BATTLED TO GETANYTHING FIXED..SOMETIMESCALLING THEMANAGEMENTCOMPANY DOZENSOF TIMES A DAYAND SHE SAYS TONO AVAIL..12:31:31 IVE ASKEDAND IVE ASKEDAND I CAN'T ASK NOMORE..FEELING SHEDIDN'T HAVEOPTIONS..FRANCINAREACHED OUT THECITY..WHAT INSPECTORSFOUND ISSHOCKING..30 CODEVIOLATIONS..RANGING FROMRENOVATIONSDONE WITHOUT APERMIT ORINSPECTIONLOOSE WIRES FIREHAZARDS TOGOING AS FAR ASSAYING..THE UNIT IS NOT ALEGAL ANDHABITABLE LIVINGSPACE ..THE CITY GAVE THEMANAGEMENTCOMPANY UNTILTHE BEGINNING OFMARCH TOCORRECT THEPROBLEM..OR CONDEMN NOTONLY HERAPARTMENT BUTTHE ENTIREBUILDING..12:25:37 IM NOTLIVING HUMAN..I'M LIVING LIKE APERSON THAT..HOW COULD I PUTIT..BASICALLY LIKE IMLIVING IN THESTREET..AND THIS IS NOTFAIR..3 NEWS NOWINVESTIGATORSREACHED OUT TOORANGEPROPERTYMANAGEMENTWHO RUNS THEPROPERTY THECOMPANY'S CEOJERISCHLICKBERND..GAVE US ASTATEMENTSAYING: "THECONDITIONS OFTHE PROPERTYARE NOT ANACCURATEREPRENTATION OFHOW THECOMPANYMAINTAINS THISPROPERTY OR ANYPROPERTY ITMANAGES." SHEALSO SAYS: "THECOMPANY ISIMMEDIATELYTAKING ACTION TOADDRESS THECODEVIOLATIONS.."SCHLICKBERNDALSO CLAIMSFRANCINA HAS AHISTORY OF NOTCOOPERATING..NOT ALLOWINGMAINTENANCE TOBE DONE..AN ACCUSATIONFRANCINA DENIES..S 12:32:51 WEDON'T HAVENOTHING..AND WE DESERVEBETTER THANTHIS..FRANCINA IS ONFIXED INCOME..DISABLED..SHE FEELS STUCKIN HER SITUATION..BUT YOU CAN FINDHELP ..7:14 IT IS GOOD TOHAVE EVIDENCE ATYOUR DISPOSAL..PARTICULARLYAGAINST ANYFUTURE ACTIONSTAKEN BY ALANDLORDAGAINST ATENANT..SCOTT MERTZ IS AMANAGINGATTORNEY ATLEGAL AIDENEBRASKA..AN ORGANIZATIONTHAT HELPS LOW-INCOME TENANTS.5:52 A LOT OFTIMES LANDLORDSAND TENANTSDON'T WANT THEHEADACHE OF ALOT OF LITIGATION..AND HOPEFULLYWE CAN GET THEPARTIES TOSEPARATECLEANLY 3 NEWSNOW HELPEDFRANCIA GETCONNECTED WITHA LAWYERTHROUGHCREIGHTONUNIVERSITY'SFAMILY HOUSINGAND ADVISORYSERVICES ..THEY ARE NOWDEALING WITH THEMANAGEMENTCOMPANY..SO FAR SHES OUTOF HER LEASE..FOUND A NEWHOME..AND WILL BEMOVING SOON..SHE HOPESOTHERS..IN HER SITUATION..CAN KNOW THEREIS HELP..SOMETHING GOODCAN HAPPEN..12:30:22 I FEELTHAT IVE BEENUSED FOR YEARS..AND RIGHT NOW IMNOTCOMFORTABLE..I JUST..I DON'T WANTANOTHER FAMILYTO GET CAUGHT UPIN THE SAMESITUATION THAT IMIN RIGHT NOW..AND THIS NEEDSTO COME TO ASTOP..JEFF VAN SANT 3NEWS NOW.ORANGEPROPERTYMANAGEMENTTOLD FRANCINASHE HAS TO BEOUT OF THEAPARTMENTBEFORE THE ENDOF THE MONTH..THEY PROVIDEDHER WITH LIST OFLOCAL SHELTERSSHE COULD USE..FRANCINA FELTTHIS WAS A SLAP INTHE FACE..JEFF VAN SANT -- 3NEWS NOW.BEGINNING IN 20-22-- OMAHA WILLHAVE A NEWORDINANCE THATREQUIRESLANDLORDS TOREGISTER THEIRPROPERTIES ANDALLOWINSPECTIONSEVERY 10 YEARS.THE CITY WILLFIRST FOCUS ONKNOWN NON-COMPLIANTLANDLORDS WHOHAVE CODEVIOLATIONS.SPONSORS OF THEORDINANCE SAY ITWILL HELP THECITY IDENTIFY ANDDEAL WITHPROBLEMPROPERTIESWHERE TENANTSDEAL WITH RISKSTO THEIR SAFETYAND HEALTH.FOR ALL OF THEINVESTIGATIVETEAM'S STORIES,GO TO OURWEBSITE, 3 NEWSNOW DOT COM.AND IF YOU HAVE ASTORY YOU'D LIKETHE TEAM TO LOOKINTO, EMAIL THEMAT INVESTIGATE AT3 NEWS NOW DOTCOM.




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