19 apartment units condemned by the City of Glendale

Imagine coming home to find a note that you only have a few hours to pack up your stuff and get out. That's what's happened to some apartment renters who just found out the building they live in has been condemned.

The Glendale West Apartment complex is in Glendale off 75th Avenue and Glendale. 

It is affecting one building at the complex. Signs were posted on doors and windows by the city saying it was unsafe to occupy.

"Code compliance came out with the police, posted things on the window, and said we have 72 hours to move," said a resident.

Residents will be able to get their property during daylight hours, but cannot live in the units. They have until 7 Thursday evening to move out. During the daylight residents will be able to move items out that they did not get out by the deadline this evening.

"I just paid my rent yesterday, I don't know what's going to happen, I have no money to move and I don't have transportation either," said another resident.

"The conditions are imminently unsafe, and since there's unsafe conditions it requires that the units be vacated and that is as of 7 p.m. today," said Sam McCallum with the City of Glendale. 

City leaders say the ATF and Glendale Police called the building safety division, concerned about the structure after serving search warrants earlier last month.

McCallum says an inspection on January 30 found numerous building code violations including duct-work that ran through fire safe walls. "Which means it put the entire building at risk of a fire, we also had inappropriate wiring throughout the building, units that did not have fire alarms, and there was an unsafe railing."

"We know that the work has to be done, but he appealed it, they didn't give him an answer to the appeal. They showed up this morning with the paperwork," said a resident.

People in 19 units were told  to leave including the apartment manager. The City of Glendale says they gave residents as much notice as possible.

"I'm going to sleep in my car tonight because there's nothing else I can do," said a woman.

The City of Glendale gave packets with resources for those displaced. 

The apartment manager told people who were upset that they paid rent that they had to take it up with the owner who is in the military overseas. Glendale officials say they did verify that he is overseas.

That owner said the building was in that condition when he bought it. Authorities say the building must be fixed before anyone else can move in.
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