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‘It’s always been hell’: Another Miramar Apartments resident discusses living conditions

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Action News Jax first told you on Monday about the complaints of some residents living in the Miramar Apartments, over issues including broken windows, faulty air conditioning units, and leaky plumbing left unrepaired for months.

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Now, another tenant at the Arlington-area apartment complex says he and his family are facing the same problems.

Jon Panek says his ceiling has been completely gutted out because of damage his apartment received due to his neighbor’s air conditioning unit leaking from above. To make matters worse, Panek says the apartment complex has yet to fix the issues with his unit.

“It’s always been hell,” says Panek.

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Panek says he has been facing problems with the ceiling in his apartment since September.

“I’ve had a gaping hole in my ceiling, no drywall,” says Panek.

He adds he has faced a lot of problems since then.

“I had water coming out of the light socket in my ceiling, water pouring down the walls due to water. The carpet was just completely ruined,” says Panek.

He says a maintenance crew came and cut the drywall out of his ceiling, but never returned to fix it.

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Panek added the drywall that workers removed from his apartment was covered in black mold.

Earlier this week, other tenants described similar problems with leaks, plumbing issues, unfinished repairs, and stoves not working properly.

We also learned that Jacksonville city officials has cited the complex for ordinance violations, giving management until Dec. 29 to fix the problems.

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Action News Jax visited the leasing office at the complex today to see if we could get answers, but apartment officials asked our team to leave the premises.

We reached back out to KPM Property Management, which oversees maintenance and repairs at the apartment complex, for more answers but we’ve yet to receive an email reply.

Panek and many other residents whom we’ve spoken with, want these issues addressed.

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“At the end of the day it’s their property — they are responsible for it,” says Panek.