Apartment complex gets code enforcement notice

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - Neighbors at the Willowood Apartments in Lansing came home on Tuesday to find pink notices on their front doors.

Neighbors at the Willowood Apartments in Lansing came home on Tuesday to find pink notices on their front doors. (Source WILX)

It came from Mayor Schor's code enforcement office.

More than 100 tenants received the red tags which mean the city thinks the apartments are not up to code.

NEWS 10 called on the notices and was told by Lansing's lead housing inspector that no one was being evicted and that the notice was just to inform the residents that the owner of the property was not in compliance

That means the complex has not made improvements it was told to make during its last inspection, which was in summer of 2018.

"This is ridiculous," resident Josie Adams said. "I know the place was falling apart but apparently the owner don't care. It's obvious because we're getting tagged."

Residents with a notice on their doors are allowed to put their rent money in an escrow account until the complex fixes the issues.

You have to notify your landlord that you are doing this, and actually deposit the money into the account - you cannot withhold rent during this process.

A compliance inspection must be scheduled and registration and inspection fees must be paid within 30 days of this notice by the
owner.

The city also told NEWS 10 that the idea behind putting up the "red-tags" is to get the owner's attention and try to force him to fix the problems.

People will only be forced to move if there are specific code violations that affect their safety.

For more information call: 517-483-4377.

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