Huntsville apartment complex building condemned due to water leaks and fire hazards

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Families have been forced out of their homes after officials condemned a Huntsville apartment complex.

According to city officials, it seems a tenant at Continental Apartments off of Boxwood Drive noticed water leaking into a light fixture. They called the fire department, who then called city inspectors who found that was just one problem creating a dangerous living situation for the tenants.

A leaking roof, and water running over the ceilings of upstairs apartments caused the Huntsville City Director of Community Development to deem 20 units at Continental Apartments unfit to live in.

In an email to WHNT News 19 the Code Enforcement Manager writes the added weight put on the ceiling “makes it incapable of bearing the load and therefore in danger of collapse.”

The department says water has also begun dripping into light fixtures and other parts of the electrical system, creating a fire hazard.

On Tuesday, tenants were seen moving clothing and other valuables out of their apartments. One man told WHNT News 19 they were provided another place to stay.

However, apartment managers have no confirmed that claim. Multiple calls to the apartment office went unanswered or straight to voicemail.

City officials say the complex owner has 30 days to obtain the building permits needed to fix the problems, and a total of 60 days to complete the repairs.