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More violations found in Red Bank apartment complex

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Story by Antwan Harris

Eyewitness News Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- The City of Red Bank is taking action against another apartment complex where residents are fed up with the living conditions.

Adam Stewart lives at the Ridgemont Apartment complex in Red Bank.

He was packing up to leave Wednesday night, but first he gave us a tour of his apartment.

The mold and mildew made it easy to see why he was unhappy.

Stewart says sometimes there's no running water

Thursday code enforcement officers searched apartments checking for more problems and many of them were shocked by what they saw.

Property managers wouldn't talk to us about it, but many of the residents had their say.

Several residents walked Eyewitness News through their apartments.

We saw holes in the ceiling, mold on the walls, even filthy a/c filters.

The city says the property is about to switch ownership and residents couldn't be happier.

Red Bank Code Enforcement tested the alarm system at Ridgemont Apartments after receiving numerous complaints from residents.

Several residents showed us where maintenance issues haven't been fixed in months.

Keith Huckabee's a/c filter was full of thick dust and black mold is now growing on his ceiling.

"We noticed other spots around the apartment and it has got to the point where you couldn't get a response out of them. We just don't want to live in this situation," says Huckabee.

He, like many residents, say mold has been a growing concern, but we've learned this complex has been under the city's radar for more than six months.

"The thing that brought it to our attention is typically every month people were having their water cut off," says Public Works Director Wayne Hamill.

We've also learned the owners of the Ridgemont Apartments are the same people who lost control of the Cambridge Apartments Wednesday.

Knowing this, Alicia smith says it's no surprise a hole has been in her ceiling for months and maintenance won't patch it.

"It is frustrating when you have all these problems from the beginning that you have written down and no one has done anything about it," says Smith.

Outside the complex was another story.

Code enforcement officers say they found several violations including holes in the foundations of several balconies and even exposed electrical wires.

Fire inspectors tell us the hole in John Downing's bathroom violates fire code.

Now he's developed medical conditions from the mold growing on the side of his cabinets.

"The mold was so bad I got an upper chest infection. It is just ridiculous," says Downing.

"It kind of disappoints you and upsets you, says Keith Huckabee. "Where is my money going?"

City leaders say they have received little to no cooperation from the owners.

These inspections were by appointment. Hamill says they will be back to conduct a formal building inspection.

We are told new management will take over this complex, and the city will hold compliance meetings in the near future.

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