COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The City of Columbus has reached an agreement with the owners of Ardmore Apartments to declare the property a “public nuisance” after years of continuous violations and unsafe living conditions.
City Attorney Zach Klein said the city and Mayfair Apts LP, owners of the Ardmore Apartments on Columbus’s east side, agreed that the owners would be required to improve residents’ quality of life and address nearly 300 breaches.
“If you operate rental housing in Columbus and fail to meet the standard of safe and sanitary living conditions, we will hold you accountable. Townspeople deserve better than to have absentee and abandoned homeowners,” City Attorney Zach Klein said in a news release.
Klein added in his statement: “We will continue to work with landlords to bring the Ardmore Apartments into compliance, but remain ready to intervene if living conditions do not improve across the board.”
Court documents say Mayfair Apts LP must follow procedures that include picking up trash and waste, removing illegal dumps, maintaining pest control and renting out vacant units.
Additionally, the city said the owners must hire seven full-time maintenance workers and “suppress” criminal activity on the premises.
Mayfair Apts LP will return to court on May 6. You can read the full court document here.
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