ST. PAUL, Minn. - Mold, no heat, bed bugs, roaches, mice and windows open in the dead of winter, are among the list of code violations at the Westminster Court Apartments in St. Paul.
In fact, at one time there were more than 600 building and fire code violations in the two-building complex, officials said.
Despite the violations, there are still people living there.
"They told us to leave before the July 10," said resident Eduardo Manzanres.
The St, Paul City Council said everyone must be out by Monday, July 9.
Manzanres and his family are a few that remain.
They've searched for a new place, but said it's a challenge to find a vacancy for $650 per month plus money for a deposit.
The problems started when the owner of the two buildings foreclosed on the properties, Manzanres said.
Already a problem property for the city's police department, it then was added to the list for the city's Department of Safety and Inspections.
The owner collected rent, but failed to repair or keep up with maintenance, officials said.
As a result, the city stepped in. It hired a receiver to collect rent and try to bring the building up to code.
Equimax, which is a real estate company, manages and remodels properties has been involved in the repairing process.
They are just one of a number of companies that appear to be working on the property, Manzanres said.
While this may be the end for Manzanres and other families, the buildings appear to have a future, but when new families will be able to move in remains unclear.
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