- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Tenants who moved into a new apartment complex in Lincoln found unfinished units, including some with clogged bathtub drains, but city officials say the problems aren’t serious enough to warrant action.

Seven building code violations were found when the Prime Place apartment complex was inspected last week, but all of them were considered minor, the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1NCi0e7 ) reported. The city’s building and safety manager, Terry Kathe, said problems are still unresolved at the complex as of Wednesday, but none are considered life-threatening.

“We take seriously allegations of defects found in new living facilities,” Kathe said in a statement. “The department does not condone the cleanliness of the apartments, and we understand the concern and frustration students and parents have for the conditions they found when moving in.”

Kathe said the city has urged the developer and contractor to finish cleaning, but doesn’t have any authority to require them to do so. The complex’s developer, Chris Elsey, has declined to comment on specific problems.

“We’re just working to get things resolved,” he said.

Ronnie Schinker, who tried to move in Saturday only to find problems included a clogged tub drain in her bathroom, still hasn’t moved in. Her two roommates have moved in, but still aren’t happy with their living situation.

“All of us hate it here,” said Holli Luff, one of the roommates. “It’s not what we signed up for by any means.”

Luff said workers did get the tub unclogged, but that there are still many problems that need fixing in the apartment.

Schinker said she and her roommates just want out of the lease, but the cost to break it is three months’ rent, which is $1,800.

“When we signed the lease in January, this is not what we thought we would be getting into,” she said.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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