Code officers didn’t have to go door-to-door to get an earful about life at the Clar Mound Vista Apartments. Residents went to them.
Shawn Robinson said that he appreciates that someone is finally looking into his day-in and day-out problems of poor plumbing, compromised dry wall and other issues.
“I work too hard for my little bit of money to be living in filth,” Robinson told a code officer on Tuesday.
Robinson said that he was pleasantly surprised that the city was investigating the west Columbus apartment complex after 10TV showed up.
“With you taking the story, they got out here the next day,” Robinson said.
The city got permission to enter the complex from the property manager and set code workers in motion.
They found everything from water-soaked carpets and inoperable smoke detectors to no hot water.
They also found broken stoves and bugs.
In some apartments there were roaches everywhere – even in refrigerators.
One woman started the Facebook page, “No More Clar Mound.”
She and other tenants say they stopped paying rent because no one with the complex was fixing anything.
“They just move people in, took money and said, ‘The hell with them,’” resident Yolanda Carreker said. “They don’t’ come out here. They do nothing.
According to city officials, if the property operator does not fix some of the issues at the complex, civil or criminal charges could follow.
But paperwork shows the Clar Mound Vista Apartments, LLC is currently in bankruptcy court.
“It does complicate things, and you can’t find an owner of record, bankruptcy complicates the matter all the while, but the bottom line is someone is responsible to ensure these folks have decent, safe and sanitary places to live,” said Cynthia Rickman, the assistant director of the Columbus Department of Development.
Court paperwork names Ehab Eskander the sole member of the LLC associated with the complex.
On Monday, Eskander told 10TV that he is not the owner.
On Tuesday, he offered no comment about the Clar Mound Vista Apartments
The Better Business Bureau issued an alert about the complex and it lists others linked to Eskander.
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