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Apartment Owner Speaks Out About Problems

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We spoke to tenants at the Brandywine Apartment complex who claim the landlord is running a slum. News Channel Six's Dee Griffin joins us in studio after sitting down with the landlord to get answers.

Last week, while walking through apartments in Brandywine there were holes in ceilings with mold growing around them. There were also broken faucets and appliances, drain problems, faulty air conditioning and the list goes on. Monday we talked with the landlord about the problems and what's being done to solve them.

What's old is becoming new again at Brandywine Apartment Complex. After years of neglect, the current owner says things are starting to measure up.  Owner Joe Mullins says, "we've got a partnership with the government, with Fannie Mae, in doing them. We're trying to bring them back to the way they were when they were first built in the mid-80s."

Once one of the prime residential areas of the city, the complex has weathered many storms and has the scars to prove it. The siding outside is faded and barely hanging in some spots, inside there are holes in ceilings and mold.

Mullins management purchased most of the complex earlier this year and has started giving a much needed facelift. "We're doing a two million dollar siding project with stoops that we're building," Mullins explains.

But neighbors who contacted us last week complaining about the lack of maintenance say their calls for help have been ignored. "What do you say to tenants who say, "I've put in work orders about these problems with the roof, the flooding, or the air conditioning or the drain and nothings being done? Some of them have an we've gotten around to them and certainly the problem was a little bigger than I estimated when I started purchasing them."

Mullins says he's hired extra workers to fix all of the problems. He says this is what tenants will soon see in their unit. Mullins promises the work is worth the wait. "When we pulled the band-aid off we didn't anticipate this much work. But it's what we do and we're glad to be doing it and we're glad to have a place that at the day it's going to look real good," Mullins says.

Joe Mullins says aside from repairing the units, he's also renaming the complex to "Southern Grace" and adding security gates.  The city has given Mullins Management 21 days to bring the units up to code.

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