Thirty families, who live in the bottom half of Bowling Green Estates, were informed around six Monday evening, that they must be out of their apartments by seven Tuesday morning because their apartment building was deemed unsafe.
Bowling Green’s Code Enforcement Coordinator, Alex Colovos said, the city felt with the number of violations the building had, they had no other choice but to shut the complex down immediately. The building had exposed wires, the fire alarms didn’t work and many of the residents said they didn’t have running water.
The city of Bowling Green has an assistance program in place to help these residents out as long as they meet certain requirements.
The families in the upper half of the complex are not being forced to leave. Those apartments will be inspected at a later date.
Residents told us Bowling Green Estates Manager, Ron Bradford, was supposed to show up today to discuss what happened but never did.
The city of Bowling Green has no law or tenant-landlord act in place so unless someone launches a complaint about his or her rental property in Bowling Green, it won’t be checked out.
Colovos says because Bowling Green is a university town, 50% of the property is rental and hopes a law will be put in place so this incident won’t happen again.
The issue till be brought up at the next Bowling Green Code Enforcement meeting but, members say it’s up to the City Commission to put a law in place.