JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The News4Jax I-TEAM obtained inspection reviews that not solely reveal that every one 14 buildings on the property of the Hilltop Village Flats in Northwest Jacksonville have a mice infestation — however there are different security violations as nicely.
The I-TEAM obtained the reviews after our investigation uncovered a rodent infestation in dozens of flats, triggering a sweep by code enforcement officers who had been ordered to examine all 200 flats final week.
Our group spent hours studying every code enforcement report. We lined them up by constructing, beginning with A — noting the place mice or proof of an infestation was noticed throughout code enforcement’s sweep of the property.
We found rodents aren’t the one downside. The reviews record violation after violation, together with tenants residing with holes of their partitions, electrical issues, cupboards thought of unsafe and damaged home equipment.
In the long run, we counted a complete of 286 violations present in 62 flats, with a mice infestation famous in 32 houses.
We’ve additionally talked to extra tenants, who despatched us pictures of lifeless mice on glue traps and holes in couches from the place they nested.
One mom of 5 despatched photos of mice that had been residing in her range. She mentioned it took the administration firm three weeks to get her a brand new one.
Sedricia Tinsley — who discovered mice in her daughter’s drawers, others nesting beneath her kitchen cupboard and much more burrowing into her sofa — despatched us video of U.S. Division of Housing and City Growth inspectors insider her condo on Wednesday. They had been there after we found HUD had violated its personal guidelines when it failed to examine the property when it was purported to in 2017.
Since then, we’ve discovered HUD has given the condo neighborhood’s homeowners greater than $5.7 million in federal funds as a part of a deal to offer housing to households who can’t afford to dwell anyplace else — households who say they need only one evening once they don’t have to fret about mice crawling into their condo.
Earlier this week, we additionally found that metropolis inspectors visited the identical condo eight instances throughout an 11-month interval beginning final Might and located a mice infestation each time however nonetheless didn’t high quality or penalize the homeowners of the Hilltop Village Flats.
On Thursday, Jacksonville Metropolis Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman held a neighborhood assembly with tenants.
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