JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The owner of the Miramar Apartments is in hot water again, after the city of Jacksonville inspected their property last Friday and issued citations.
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This is a story that we first told you about in late November after residents say they were facing several issues inside of their apartments.
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We spoke with a resident of these apartments and he tells me he isn’t shocked.
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“It’s not really a surprise,” says Jon Panek.
The apartments have been issued 11 citations by the city of Jacksonville.
According to officials, they were issued last Friday after the city’s inspection of the apartment complex.
We’ve learned inspectors found exterior doors and hardware not working correctly, floors sagging, ceilings with cracks and holes in them, and even insects inside several apartments.
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Panek spoke with Action News Jax in late November about these problems. He says the city’s findings aren’t a surprise. He adds while several issues in his apartment have been fixed, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done.
“It just getting to the point where we don’t even want to interact with them because it’s just frustrating,” says Panek.
The city says this apartment complex has 30 days to pay 255 dollars for each citation.
They also tell Action News Jax, if they don’t pay those fines, it will increase to 500 dollars per fine.
Panek believes these citations issued by the city, might not get paid.
“I don’t know how many tenants they have, but that seems like 11 citations at 255 dollars you’re coming in under three grand. That’s probably three units worth of rent if that, probably closer to two. Honestly, this is a good chance they might ignore some of them.” Says Panek.
Zackary Fry, who has only been living at the complex for 6 months says he plans to move out, soon.
“I thought it was going to be just simple, quiet and chill, and it wasn’t. It was really frustrating that’s why we are going to do what they call a constructive eviction,” says Fry.
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Fry says he hopes that at some point, this apartment complex can improve living conditions for residents.