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Tenants Claim Slumlord Conditions

Jessica Flores

Tenants Claim Slumlord Conditions

CREATED Feb. 14, 2012

PALM SPRINGS-- In it's prime, the Bahama's hotel and apartments looked like a getaway: hip, fresh and livable.

Tenants say not anymore. Tenants of the Palm Springs building say the owner is a slumlord, prompting city offcials to invetigate the conditions.

"It's a shame that it's like this," said David Hopkins, who has lived at the Bahama's apartments for two years.

In Hopkins' apartment, roaches are found crawling all over the walls, his toilet is coming off the floor and his windows are broken.

"I can't even serve a drink without bugs falling into it," said Hopkins, who says he stopped paying rent because of the conditions.

Documents from Palm Springs show the city has fined the owner, Ella Flynn, at least $17,000 for code violations.

"I know we've had some issues with faulty pluming, air conditioners not working, heating systems not working, deteriorating interiors, electrical hazards," said Terry Tatum, Director of Building and Safety for the City of Palm Springs.

The city has been getting complaints about the apartments for more than a year. They finally had to get permission from a judge to go inside and inspect it. Code enforcement, police and the fire department inspected each unit, with the property owner and property manager alongside them. The property manager did not return calls for comment.

"It's just like any other place that you live. We have our situations that happen here, just like any other place," said Steve Lawrence, a tenant of the building.

The city is now determining if the complex should be shut down.

"That's our last resort," said Tatum. 

The last resort could be the fate for this place of once resort-style living.

Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.