CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The City of Charlotte is taking a troubled west Charlotte apartment complex to court on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Lake Arbor Apartments has been under the microscope since FOX 46 began investigating them based on a viewer tip.
Duke Energy was forced to cut off power for safety concerns in some buildings, the United States Postal Service will not deliver mail to their damaged set of mailboxes, and tenants are complaining about anything from mold to broken air conditioning units.
"I get to smelling this stuff and start sneezing," tenant Jefferey White said about possible mold from water leaks in his apartment. "So it's making me sick and I have to get up and get out of here."
City of Charlotte Code Enforcement said there have been 91 complaints at Lake Arbor over the past two years. Of those 91 complaints, there are 48 open cases and 15 of them are heading to environmental court for non-compliance to minimal housing code.
"What that means is we've gone through the entire due process," code enforcement's Ben Krise said. "Notification, it's a quasi-judicial hearing, we've given a compliance state where they're supposed to have all of the repairs done, they have a right to appeal, they have the right to ask for extensions -- and they have not meant those thresholds and the violations still exist.
"That's the last recourse for us in the repair case, is to bring someone to environmental court."
Lake Arbor Apartments and Broad Management (which runs the complex) have each declined comment on this investigation.
Environmental court is a criminal, district court. Tuesday's session will take place at 9 a.m. in court room 4330.