Muskegon County apartment complex con...

Muskegon County apartment complex condemned

There are 14 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Aug 22, 2008, titled Muskegon County apartment complex condemned. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Tenants of an apartment complex in Muskegon County say they are furious because their apartment complex has been condemned.

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ace

Wyoming, MI

#1 Aug 23, 2008
all the contractors have to do to be city approved is fill out a pice of paper! and then they can use it as a tax wright off(saves money) if done properly
Former Ten

Holland, MI

#2 Aug 23, 2008
A few years ago, when I first arrived in western Michigan, I ended up at this nasty apartment complex. Just after my first few days there I thought it was a complete joke. There was some Indian lady dancing and jumping on my ceiling nonstop. The office manager could not eliminate the noise, so I just left the place without ever fully moving in. She threatened lawsuit for breach of contract--yeah right! Please. Since then, I have always thought of the place as Lakecrust or Lakes*!t, because it was the worst of the worst that I ave ever experienced since. I love this story...thanks for the laughs!!!
The Cheese

Loveland, CO

#3 Aug 23, 2008
"The letter from the owners states city officials are trying to force them to use city-approved contractors, which would cost more. They claim they are still working on getting the problems fixed."

Bull. This fire happened back in May. In nearly 4 months, the owners could have set up a bid request, letting contractors bid for the lowest price. They could have stated in the bid the contractors need to be city-approved, which basically means that the contractors know city building code and will adhere to it.

Sounds to me like the owners care about rent, but don't care about safe living conditions. I feel really bad for the tenants, since this puts them in a hard spot, but sometimes the only way to make a landlord care is to threaten to deprive them of their source of income. I'm glad that in the two apartments I had, the landlord was always conscientious.
laura

Grand Rapids, MI

#4 Aug 23, 2008
Sounds like a real shady place.. hopefully everyone can find safer affordable housing.
TDJensen

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Aug 23, 2008
This is just annother case of the good people trying to put a roof over their heads and getting screwed in return.

The owners shoud have their license revoked permanently and document every last penny due these people if they must move.
Jodi

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Aug 23, 2008
Its odd they don't mention the owners name, I think I know who it is, a very prominant developer in the Muskegon area, my daughter lived in one of his apartments and it was horrible.
Athos

United States

#7 Aug 23, 2008
Move the tenants into his house and make him live in the apartments.

Since: Jul 08

Colorado Springs, CO

#8 Aug 23, 2008
Athos wrote:
Move the tenants into his house and make him live in the apartments.
Wasn't that a movie plot? Danny DeVito I think...

Sounds like the place is owned by slumlords..

“If ya can't say somethin' nice”

Since: Feb 08

Woodlands

#10 Aug 23, 2008
Make him move in to the worst apartment until all the rest are brought up to code and living conditions that are suitable for him and his family to live in for the following month.

Since: Mar 08

Grand Rapids

#11 Aug 23, 2008
ListenUpNow wrote:
<quoted text>
Wasn't that a movie plot? Danny DeVito I think...
Sounds like the place is owned by slumlords..
I think the movie was called "The Super"

Since: Aug 08

Palo, MI

#12 Aug 23, 2008
Why not contact the city attorney's office and have all rent money deposited into an escrow account, until the apartments are brought up to code? In that way, the work will get done and the tenants will not have to go through the expense of moving. The tenants would not be subject to eviction, either, as the rent is paid. It's just that the owner cannot get at the funds until conditions are satisfactory, according to an inspector.
ball soup

Salt Lake City, UT

#13 Aug 23, 2008
GR Social Worker wrote:
<quoted text>
I think the movie was called "The Super"
It was Joe Pesci, not Danny DeVito in "The Super". Not to be a movie snob or anything.
the snoo

United States

#14 Aug 25, 2008
just mow down West Detroit, I mean muskegon... whatever...
pjdutchville

United States

#15 Aug 25, 2008
TDJensen wrote:
This is just annother case of the good people trying to put a roof over their heads and getting screwed in return.
The owners shoud have their license revoked permanently and document every last penny due these people if they must move.
Force the landlords to live in their own filth!!

There's always room at the Shady Rest. Ask Kate and Uncle Joe. You're always welcome there.

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