Friday, February 27, 2009

Houston Apartment Complex Being Shut Down By City

When you are planning to move to a new city and examining the options for housing, I imagine that, in 2009, you would like to find a facility that includes the luxurious feature of running water. In addition, your mind probably would be set as ease if you knew that the apartment complex towards which you were leaning had never been cited for unsafe electrical conditions. The city of Houston has removed one set of apartment buildings from your consideration, due to the problems mentioned above as well as many others. The current residents of Almeda Chateau are being ordered to vacate and find a new place by Monday, March 9.

The owner of the Houston apartment complex, who has been identified as David Wise from California, owes the city $83,000 in water bills that have gone unpaid since last July. Checks that were sent from Mr. Wise over the last several months all bounced. According to Houston's deputy director for planning and development, Andy Icken, “We don’t have any reason to believe anything he tells us. In fact, we have a lot of reasons not to believe anything he tells us. I think our patience has run out.”

The residents of Almeda Chateau likely will not find their forced evacuation as much of a surprise. The management had ceased to post its certificate of occupancy, which indicates that a property is fit for residents. And, without running water, people there had been filling jugs with water using a nearby hose. City officials will present a plan by early week to help residents find new places to live.

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