Relocation for evacuated tenants of Philly apartments

June 25, 2008 7:24:50 AM PDT
The tenants evacuated from a Philadelphia apartment complex won't be moving back.

About 200 residents of the Lindley Court Apartments in the Logan section of the city were ordered out Saturday by the city due to unsanitary conditions.

Trash was piling up, sewage was in the basement, there was no working fire alarm, and no water - because the copper pipes had been stolen.

On Tuesday, the landlord, Lindley Estates LLC, and Washington Mutual, the bank that holds the mortgage, agreed to board up the dilapidated building and pay the city $80,000 to cover relocation costs for the apartment dwellers.

Deputy City Solicitor Andrew Ross says it became apparent that repairs could not be completed in a timely manner, and just making the building habitable could take up to 10 days.