Apartment owner says changes coming to Tampa complex after dozens of violations

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jul 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 17:40:35-04

The owner of a Tampa apartment complex plans to update the multi-million dollar development to bring the property up to code. 

ABC Action News has been following the story at Courtyards on the River, which faces almost two dozen code violations that include: numerous electrical and kitchen appliance issues, leaky roofs, mold, termites, bug infestations, wet carpets, and floor, wall and ceiling damages. 

The nearly 300 unit complex was bought last year for $13 million by a man in Ft. Lauderdale, according to property records. 

ABC Action News spoke to the owner, Gabriel Elkaim, by phone who said there are no active work orders or repairs to be made at his complex, but reporter Nicole Grigg, asked why there's several open code violations against the property on the City of Tampa's website. 

Jacqueline Shanklin contacted ABC Action News after she was unable to get her leaking bathroom fixed in a timely matter. It has been two months now. She has been dealing with water filling the floor, seeping into her bedroom and front entrance way. 

"I'm confident this floor is going to cave," she said. 

Shanklin is now packing up her personal belongings to move out of the complex, free of her contract, she said, however she's still waiting for that in writing. 

Inspectors with the City of Tampa were scheduled to be at the complex Tuesday, but city officials did not get back to us with the results. 

Maintenance workers were seen Tuesday putting cones around the large pot holes for safety, and picking up the trash that is piled all around the dumpster bins.