CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Residents at the Daniel Court Apartment on Dupuy Road are frustrated after a construction job fell apart, and their ceilings collapsed.
The building owner confirmed that when a strong storm rolled through on Saturday, the collapse occurred.
Insulation and tile came tumbling down in the bedrooms of four renters, much of it a soggy mess.
"It just kept falling, kept falling, coming through the roof and raining down on my kitchen,” said Judieth Jones, who, along with her neighbors, is frustrated.
“The building inspector came out and said ‘your ceiling will eventually come down,’ and on the way down my steps while he was there my ceiling fell,” said Tiffany May.
Since then, neighbors said they don't believe the owner has moved fast enough to fix the problem, although workers on the job now.
However, when the county inspector stopped by to assess the damage, the owner was cited and ordered to fix the roof, ceiling, insulation and obtain the proper permits.
The inspector said that because the ceilings are covered in plastic, the residents can stay in the apartments.
But the residents said no way.
“How do you live in one room when your bathroom is upstairs and it's all a mess,” Jones said.
May was offered an apartment temporarily, but it has no electricity – and it’s the hottest week of the year so far.
The owner said that despite tenants allegations he isn’t doing anything or moving fast enough, he has given them options. For example, he said he deducted the cost of a hotel room from a tenants rent.
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