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Apartment complexes found in violation after ECU students discover filth

Published: Aug. 9, 2020 at 9:19 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2020 at 3:30 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Three apartment complexes have been found in violation by inspectors after students say they discovered unlivable conditions when moving in this past weekend.

City code enforcement officers inspected 33 East, and Copper Beach, both on East 10th Street, and Paramount 3800, on U.S. 264, today after complaints.

Code enforcement supervisor Carlton Dawson said teams of inspectors were out this morning at all three complexes and discovered “numerous violations”.

Students told WITN News that they discovered dead cockroaches, trash on floors, and mold growing in refrigerators.

None of the apartment complexes have yet to come forward with an explanation as to why this happened.

Dawson said there were too many violations to count. He said they found unsanitary conditions that are violations of the minimum housing code at all three complexes.

He said they also discovered bathroom drains were broken and leaking, along with trash receptors overfilled. He said there were smoke detectors that were not working, loose toilets, water damaged walls and ceilings, rotten decking boards on balconies, and soiled carpets with severe wear and holes.

Latrevion Carney refuses to move into Copper Beech. He says, “The room was dirty. The carpet was nasty.”

Kim Chapple is the mother of a resident at 33 East and says, “There was mold in there. The filter did not look like it had been changed in years. When we arrived, the apartments were absolutely filthy.” Chapple says she spent six hours attempting to clean her daughter’s room.

After getting the notices, the apartment complexes will be given time to fix the problems and Dawson said if they’re not taken care of they face a $250 fine for each day each violation continues to occur.

ECU says housing is available on campus if students need temporary or permanent housing for the fall/year. They can contact housing at 252-328-4663.

City inspectors say they found numerous violations at three Greenville apartment complexes.
City inspectors say they found numerous violations at three Greenville apartment complexes.(WITN)
Viewer photos and videos complained of mold, bug infestations, broken or damaged furniture, stained carpets and beds, and malfunctioning air conditioning, among other concerns
Viewer photos and videos complained of mold, bug infestations, broken or damaged furniture, stained carpets and beds, and malfunctioning air conditioning, among other concerns(WITN)

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Camille Leake was all excited to move into her first apartment in Greenville this weekend, but when she opened the front door, the first thing she saw was bugs and trash all over the floor.

“I’ve seen like nasty things, and nasty doesn’t even come to describe what’s in the apartment,” says Leake, a prospective Copper Beech resident.

Leake’s roommate Jonte Johnson was too surprised to see the conditions of the apartment.

”As you can see there was cockroaches everywhere, hair all over the floor, the bathrooms were used and dirty,” Johnson explains.

Leake and Johnson were among the first tenants to get their keys on Saturday.

After a three hour drive they were ready to unpack all their things and get ready for the start of classes on Monday.

“It was just [disrespectful] the fact that they even gave us the keys to that apartment,” Johnson adds.

When they saw the unlivable conditions they knew they couldn’t move in, so Leake said she and Johnson went to speak with Copper Beech Management.

While they looked for another apartment for the two, the only available option had a man allergic to dogs already living in the unit; a solution that wouldn’t work for Leake who has a puppy herself.

“He said, ‘no you can choose that room or this room,’ and I can’t risk the guy’s health for being allergic to dogs,” says Leake.

After calling numerous hotels, the pair finally found a place to stay Saturday night, hoping the room would be cleaned, by the next day.

When Sunday arrived, the conditions hadn’t changed.

“This is not good enough. I need a place to stay and it’s very sad that I have no where to live and I have to go back home and figure out how I’m going to do college at home,” Leake adds.

Gracie Flowers is a resident at the 33 East Apartment Complex, which is just across the street from Copper Beach.

She said the conditions weren’t livable when she got the keys to her apartment this weekend either.

“No counter-tops, no washer and dryer. There was wires hanging from the ceiling, paint and dust on the floors, all the furniture was stacked in piles,” Flowers explains.

They moved Flowers and her roommates into another unit, but like many, they still don’t know when they will be able to move into their assigned apartment.

“This definitely will be my first and last time at 33 East,” says Flowers.

With class set to begin for students on Monday, they and their parents are hoping someone can give them answers.

WITN reached out to both 33 East and Copper Beach. Copper Beach said they have no comment at this time, 33 East has not yet responded.

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