Thursday, December 1 2022

A county code inspection recently found nearly 30 violations at a south Macon apartment complex, and tenants say they’re fed up with management.

MACON, Ga. — A county code inspection recently found nearly 30 violations at a south Macon apartment complex and tenants said they were fed up with management.

One woman said maintenance would cancel her requests rather than fix her issues, and she even said a closet door fell on her son.

After that, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Shamaine Gordon moved to Colonial Terrace Apartments on Houston Avenue in January. She says she has had problems since.

“We complained to them, but it’s nothing they did, but they wanted them to rent money or they would have taken my stuff out,” Gordon said.

Gordon says she had broken doors and there were water problems.

“It feels like the place has crumbled since the day I walked in the door,” Gordon said.

Gordon called Macon-Bibb Code Enforcement and they inspected the apartment. They found 29 violations in her unit alone, but she’s not the only one.

“At the moment they don’t have maintenance staff. I have a problem with my electrical outlets in my room,” said Richard Glover.

Glover says he also has a pest problem. He says that with a change in leadership, no one came to inspect his unit.

“You can never reach them on the phone. They’re only there when it’s time to collect the rent,” Glover said.

Finally, a solution came for Gordon.

County code enforcement closed her violation case and moved her to another livable unit.

“They actually gave us lights. My kids came over, they said, ‘We have lights this time? Yes, we have lights,” Gordon said.

Gordon wants people who live in an apartment to know one thing: “They have rights and we want our rights to be respected, just like you want to be respected.”

Since the ownership was changed to a different management, enforcing the code gives the new owners time to fix the units.

When 13WMAZ visited the complex on Wednesday, they were erecting unlivable buildings and adding new windows to others.

According to Macon-Bibb County tax records, the resort is owned by a corporation based on Bainbridge Island in Washington state.

The code enforcement says if you think your apartment is in violation you should contact them.

You can go to their website to submit a violation or call them at 478-803-0470.

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