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Apartment Tenants Living With Mold and Caving Ceilings

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Mold, ceilings caving, bad plumbing and snakes. That's what some local tenants are dealing with and they say management won't do anything about it. So, they called WJBF News Channel Six for help. Dee Griffin answered the call.

Tenants of Brandywine Apartment Complex say they have been dealing with issues for more than a year. The recent rain only made things worse. They say management wouldn't provide a solution.. So they came to us for help getting to the bottom of the problems.

Tenants at Brandywine Apartments say their home sweet home has become sour because of constant structure problems.  Cameron Hill says, "my toilet started overflowing and started dripping and we started to put pots under the toilets so it could catch it. And it started leading down to the downstairs."

Once inside Cameron Hill's apartment the problems can be seen immediately. There is a big, gaping hole in the ceiling. Hill says the constant drip has only gotten worse and has produced mold that continues to spread. "Last Thursday, I was changing out one of the bulbs of water and it just fell on me," explains Hill.

Hill and his girlfriend Ramona Johnson say a couple of problems have been solved. But, the more they complain, the more things stay the same. They have been documenting the problems for nearly two years and keeping everything in a folder that gets bigger by the months.

Ramona Johnson says, "slow drain in the tub, stove pieces broken, blinds pieces missing, they still haven't replaced those. The uneven dyed carpet. There are bleach stains. They were supposed to evenly dye the carpet and it's still splotchy."

They aren't the only ones with problems. Just across the street, a blue tarp stretches across the roof covering a big hole but providing little protection for the family. The tenant didn't want to talk on camera, but, he let us see his moldy, wet ceiling that is supposed to protect his family which includes a year old son. When the family wants to shower, they must first reach for these pliers to turn on the broken faucet.

Tenants say they only want to get what they pay for.. As well as a home that won't harm their families.  "What are we paying you guys rent for? It's crazy. We pay our rent on time with no discrepancies at all and this is how we get treated," says Hill.

The property is owned by Joe Mullins management. The property manager has only been on the job for eight days and she promised me the problems will be fixed. Tenants called the city for some possible resolution.

The city's property inspector came out and determined there are big problems. Now, the property management has 21 days to fix the problems and bring everything up to code.

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