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Mesquite, TX – February 14, 2022 – After months of attempting to obtain improved building conditions and reductions in criminal activity, the City of Mesquite commenced legal proceedings against the owners of Hillcrest Apartments, located at 2019 Hillcrest St.
For years, residents of the complex, many receiving federal rental assistance, have experienced a lack of proper heat during winter months, air conditioning in summer months, hot water year-round and other life safety issues. The City has repeatedly engaged with the owners to develop long-term solutions to these problems, but recent incidents leaving residents without heat for days and sewer line backups for weeks compelled the City to take this action.
“The City expects all landlords to provide safe and sanitary conditions for all tenants,” stated City Manager Cliff Keheley. “The action taken today is a necessary next step to seek improved living conditions for the residents at the Hillcrest Apartments.”
The legal action taken by the City is authorized by Texas Local Government Code Chapters 54 and 211 which permit the City to seek injunctive relief from the court for owners of businesses with conditions that create a danger of injury, adverse health impact or are maintained in violation of City Codes.