After years of slapping the owners with fines after failed inspections, two local apartment complexes may finally be shut down, with the City of Austin providing money to relocate residents, the Austin American Statesman reports.
The Austin City Council is likely to vote today to provide $600,000 from the city’s Housing Trust Fund in assistance to the 20 total displaced residents. The money would total $36,000 per unit and would provide $1,600 for moving expenses, $9000 for emergency housing, $3,000 for deposits at new apartments, and about $22,500 to subsidize rent at the new apartments for up to 2 and a half years.
The complex located at 1127 E. 52nd St.’s problems include fire damage that wasn’t repaired, concrete stairs and supports that are falling apart, and a failing joint that supports the 2nd floor overhang. The complex next door at 1205 E. 52nd St. has wood on the 2nd floor walkway that is rotting, a cracked facade, and damaged balcony and rooftop cantilevers. The owners have been fined more than $800,000 over the last two years and the city has liens against both buildings.
While some residents have been concerned about the safety of the building for some time, others are more concerned about where they will live once they are forced to leave their apartments. Rent is between $400 and $700 a month, a rarity in Austin.
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