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South Jackson apartments unfit for tenants

Apartments in terrible condition in south Jackson; Source: WLBT Apartments in terrible condition in south Jackson; Source: WLBT
Apartments in terrible condition in south Jackson; Source: WLBT Apartments in terrible condition in south Jackson; Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Tenants at the Southdown Arms apartments on Raymond Road have been complaining about the condition of the complex for years.

"It has always been a problem," says Commander J.Coleman of Jackson Code Enforcement.

For reasons that aren't known, the complex was shut down over two ago but tenants were not notified. It was only when tenants noticed that their mail wasn't being delivered anymore that they found out from the post office. 

The majority of tenants have left but there are still a little over 10 apartments that are still occupied. One tenant who did not want to be identified says that with her financial situation moving simply isn't possible.

"What are we supposed to do. I cant just up and leave. Unless they are going to come out here and give us something to leave. If you are on a set income you can't just up and leave because you have other priorities," she says.

Using the Hinds County Landroll the current owner is G. Allen Walsh. The address listed is a Law Firm in Baton Rouge but the office no longer exists and the phone numbers are no longer in service. Commander J. Coleman has been dealing with the same issue.

"According to the Hinds County Landroll the landlord lives in Baton Rouge Louisiana. We have reached out to him by way of mail and certified letter and contacts that we have and haven't heard back," he says.

Tenants and nearby residents have also issued their concerns about crime in the complex. JPD spokesperson, Det. Colendula Green says officers regularly patrol the complex.  She does say however, that if landlords maintained their properties police could use there time more efficiently.

"If they can focus on the upkeep of their property it would give us more time in other areas to saturate and patrol as well but unfortunate situation but hey we're here to do our job," she says.

Currently there is electricity in some apartments but no plumbing.

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