A college student living in an Arlington apartment complex described the unhealthy living conditions in his unit.
“The ceilings are caved in, it smells like a dead body. There’s maggots in the freezer. It’s awful,” Tyler Daigle said.
Action News Jax toured Daigle’s unit and saw water dripping from the ceiling and soaking up carpet.
Inside his room and freezer, maggots could be seen.
Daigle said water began to pool up in his bedroom in November when the unit above his flooded.
A Jacksonville University student says his ceiling is caving in after the unit above his suffered extensive flooding. He said he reported it to his complex and they’re not doing anything about it. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/huDG6QhNj4— Varisa Lall Dass (@VarisaANJax) February 6, 2018
He said it caused his ceiling to collapse and he stopped paying rent.
We spoke to his Eagle Point apartment complex and the property manager said they offered to move him to a new unit if he paid half his rent.
“We tried to put him in another apartment and he refused. And he has a very high balance and he needs to pay,” property manager Sonya Smith said.
The complex also said he could leave the complex without paying any past due rent, but Daigle said he feels like they should give him a new unit and wipe out the balance because of what he’s been through.
Daigle said the complex started eviction proceedings against him, but he would rather just move into a new unit and can’t afford moving costs.
I just saw THIS in real life. The Mold smell was putrid as the tenant opened the door. On the floor, you could see water soaked carpet in the whole room. It splashed as the tenant walked through with his sneakers. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/VcymLDoSP3— Varisa Lall Dass (@VarisaANJax) February 6, 2018
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"It smells like a dead body."— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) February 6, 2018
A Jacksonville man says he's forced to live in dangerous conditions -- including BLACK MOLD. @VarisaANJax is working on this story for CBS47 Action News Jax at 5:30 p.m. pic.twitter.com/wnpdrmdUtA
The complex says they offered the student an agreement where he would pay half the balance of his due rent if and they would move him to a new unit. The student says he should not have to pay for living in these conditions for three months. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/Ks2UiQ6mbR— Varisa Lall Dass (@VarisaANJax) February 6, 2018
I got this ledger from the property manager who says the student owes $3,170. She says he can pay half and move to another unit or leave the unit completely and not pay anything. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/FJnvl7ErCY— Varisa Lall Dass (@VarisaANJax) February 6, 2018
Student Tyler Daigle says, "I don’t think I should have to pay the back rent from November since I’ve been living in this condition. I just want a new apartment. Then we can talk about the rent after they do that.” @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/AvMbNR3LsZ— Varisa Lall Dass (@VarisaANJax) February 6, 2018
I spoke to Eagle Point property managers. They say the will fix the unit regardless of what agreement they come to with Daigle. As for Daigle, they said, "We tried to put him in another apartment and he refused. He has a very high balance and he needs to pay.” @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/AZaAaxXisR— Varisa Lall Dass (@VarisaANJax) February 6, 2018
This story is a War of the Wills. Tenant does not want to pay rent balance due and get new unit. Complex wants half the balance paid and will give new unit. They both agree the unit needs to be gutted. What do you guys think? @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/7bq6A9UZWT— Varisa Lall Dass (@VarisaANJax) February 6, 2018
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