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City Orders Tenants out of Des Moines Apartments

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The city of Des Moines has ordered tenants to move out of a historic apartment building because of numerous safety and sanitary problems.

The Des Moines Register reports the city told tenants of the 12-unit apartment building in the Sherman Hill area they had 30 days to move out.

Phil Delafield, the city’s community development director, says officials had to order the tenants out to force the property owner to make repairs.

Problems include lack of lighting and smoke detectors, water leaks and crumbled drywall.

The building owner, Des Moines architect Kirk Blunck, says problems have been exaggerated.

Blunck says he’ll order fixes to meet occupancy standards but is considering vacating the building so he can do a complete makeover and turn units into restored condos or market-rate apartments.

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