CHICAGO – A family living in an apartment building in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood says the roof is caving in and their landlords are doing nothing about it.
Building inspectors found multiple violations at the building, located in the 8000 block of South Ellis.
The landlords say they have been trying to keep up with the building's maintenance, but it appears they have fallen behind. The gas is set to shut off April 15. The apartment even has standing water it.
The manager of the building tells WGN she has tried to get the building fixed up but just hasn’t been able to. She says she told the family they could move out and not pay the back rent. She also says she is doing what she can to get the building in a livable condition as quickly as possible.
The city’s Department of Buildings says the landlord will be in court soon to address these violations as well as others.
They issued a statement saying:
The Department of Buildings takes problem buildings seriously and works every day to hold landlords responsible for failure to provide basic services and protections. The Department of Buildings completed an inspection at 8006 S. Ellis on December 22, 2015, issued 19 building code violations, and processed for Circuit Court. An additional inspection was completed today and, due to the building conditions, the court date has been expedited for Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1107 of the Richard J. Daley Center.
Anyone having issues with a landlord, should call 311 to get an inspector out to the building.