Concerns Raised by Other Tenants of Citra Home Owner
Concerns have been raised about serious defects in the Citra home that burned to the ground Monday night, claiming the lives of five children.
We visited some of the other homes owned by the same landlord and spoke with current and former tenants.
"Mr. Otto Beyer should go out and look at his homes and see how people are living, what they do have to pay for, what they are putting up with," a former tenant said.
She also told us she was often frustrated with the lack of response from the landlord when things inside her rented home needed repair. The former tenant told us she was required to pay $100 dollars before the landlord agreed to send someone out to fix the problem.
"They don't want to hear about it, they want their money. You know, and that's it. If you don't have the money you don't get anything."
The same practice of charging a $100 dollar fee was confirmed by a current tenant of Beyer's who requested we not use her name.
Some of the issues inside the homes we visited, according to the tenants, included mold, windows that can't be open, septic problems, and roach infestations.
Perry Hickman, who used to live in the Citra home six years ago told us of the electrical conditions inside.
"You couldn't plug anything in, or too many things in one section of the house or it would completely cut that section off," he said. "It would cut that breaker to that section of the house."
After one year of living in the Citra home, Hickman and his family decided to move out.
"It was just not safe," he said.
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