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Trash heaps piling up at E. CLE apartments

Posted at 5:30 PM, Dec 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-27 23:33:45-05

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said a building inspector would visit the Forest Hills Park Apartments on Superior Road on Monday, after residents called newsnet5.com to complain about unsafe and unsanitary conditions, including garbage that is overflowing from dumpsters outside.

At one dumpster, a pile of trash next to it is nearly as big as the dumpster itself, and mattresses, couches and other furniture is stacked up around them.

Residents said that raccoons and bugs have infested the trash, and residents don't want to go outside because of the garbage.

Neighbors are also concerned about a glass panel missing from a first floor window, which can allow anyone to walk into the building.

The property changed hands on Sept. 25, 2015 from Marengo, L.L.C. to East Cleveland, L.L.C., according to county property records.

Calls to management on Sunday have gone unreturned.

Ohio law allows renters to withhold rent payments from landlords and place that money in escrow if there's proof of health and safety issues that violate state law.

Neighbors concerned about their health can also call the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at (216) 201-2000.