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INTERVIEW: Councilwoman Taylor, City of Shreveport to crack down on dilapidated apartment complexes

Bees. Backed-up toilets. Standing sewage. No water. No hot water — residents face a multitude of issues.
Villa Norte Fire“My reaction is outrage,” Taylor said. “I think that this situation is...
Villa Norte Fire“My reaction is outrage,” Taylor said. “I think that this situation is inhumane. I’ve asked the City Of Shreveport to file complaints with the DEQ and the Louisiana Department of Health. But also, to file criminal complaints against these property owners for the conditions that my constituents have to live in.”
Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 9:21 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - City Councilwoman Tabatha Taylor along with the City of Shreveport are taking action to improve conditions at a north Shreveport apartment complex.

Residents at the Villa Norte apartment complex are dealing with standing sewage, backed-up toilets, several issues with water and sewerage.

“My reaction is outrage,” Taylor said. “I think that this situation is inhumane. I’ve asked the City Of Shreveport to file complaints with the DEQ and the Louisiana Department of Health. But also, to file criminal complaints against these property owners for the conditions that my constituents have to live in.”

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At Villa Norte Apartments, many say they shouldn’t have to live with the high grass, raw sewage on the ground and strong smell.

Another apartment complex in Taylor’s district, Forest Oaks, is also dealing with water issues as well. Residents say that their water gets shut off from time to time and that some have no hot water.

“None of my constituents in these apartments complexes had hot water as of last night,” Taylor said. “I’ve been dealing with this situation since November as we’ve gone out and cited these complexes. And so, I’m tired and I’m tired for my constituents.”

Taylor said that because of issues such as these, this is why the city is working to strengthen City Ordinance 38115 and amend it as well.

“We cited Villa Norte. Also had cited them for the water and sewerage — regarding the raw sewage.”

She added that when suits are filed, owners usually decided to sell the properties.

“So now we’re dealing with a new owner. Well, it doesn’t matter to me. Which new owners we are dealing with. Both of you will be held responsible as it relates what you’re doing to my constituents.”

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