Linda Vista Avenue apartments have residents worrying about health, safety

DAYTON — People living in a Dayton apartment building worry about their health and safety as inspectors try to force the owners to upgrade dangerous conditions.

City inspectors are insisting owners of an 18 unit building on Linda Vista Avenue in Dayton clean it up and fix it up to protect their tenants, but those tenants are caught waiting for help while legal and ownership questions are ironed out.

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The problems with the apartment building on Linda Vista came into public view about a week ago.

The people News Center 7 spoke with that live there said the problems have been going on a lot longer; it’s been months, even years with these problems.

“There’s always been a mice infestation, roaches,” said resident Lauren Davis. “These conditions have been this way since I moved in, the first six months I didn’t have a working oven.”

Davis told News Center 7′s Mike Campbell that almost every tenant at the complex has children.

She shared video and some pictures of what her apartment looked like when she moved in 14 months ago, with holes in walls and plenty of problems.

But, it was a problem with wastewater pipes that got the city’s attention. A city inspector discovered 2 to 3 inches of raw sewage in the building’s lower-level garage.

“I’m not sure if they got the feces out of the garage or just closed it up,” Davis said.

City of Dayton Deputy Director of Development Steve Gondal said the city did witness the area being cleaned and power washed.

He said the city’s partners helped arrange alternative housing for a few days during that sewage clean-up, but the city has not issued a vacate order.

Inspectors are issuing legal clean-up requirements for the building’s owners, but there’s been delays due to a confusing switch in property managers and a rumored switch in owners.

News Center 7 reached out to the building’s newest property management company for comment, but have not heard back.

A check of Montgomery County property records show the switch in ownership the city believes is taking place hasn’t happened yet.

That’s leaving residents frustrated by the list of problems and not sure things will improve.

Many told News Center 7 they just got water service back last Saturday, after a week without, and many say they still can’t use their stoves to cook.

They believe their health and their finances are threatened.

“It’s not fair for us to be responsible for paying rent, we have children, it’s not fair,” Davis said.