Closed apartment building gets court review

June 23, 2008 3:39:03 PM PDT
Two hundreds tenants were forced to leave the Linley Court Apartments on North 13th Street in the Logan section of Philadelphia. Half found places to go. The other half are relying on the city for help.

Tenants pooled their money to buy and grill hamburgers in a hotel room. One hundred adults and children are being housed temporarily in a south Philadelphia Econo Lodge.

One woman said she's using a George foreman grill, doing what she has to do, like lunchmeat, tuna fish and hot dogs.

Residents had to leave their grocery-filled refrigerators Saturday when L & I issued a cease operations order and closed the 80 unit building. Inspectors found missing pipes that left no running water, a partially inoperable fire alarm system, and sewage tainted water in the basement.

Tenants who pay $650 monthly rent feel like victims left in limbo. They ;eft everything behind, including money and medicines.

A Common Please Court judge could issue sanctions against the owner if repairs aren't made. Also, liens up to $30,000 could be levied. It's up to the court to decide how much.