A new study from the University of Texas’ law school found that certain areas of Austin have numerous properties which have frequent problems.
Researchers found that many apartments in the Rundberg Lane neighborhood had rotting stairways, sagging structural beams and mold problems.
Troubled Wood Ridge Apartments in Southeast Austin also made the list. The previous owners of Wood Ridge were fined about $500,000 after a walkway collapsed and inspectors found hundreds of code violations on the property.
Wood Ridge has since been sold to new owners.
The U.T. study also offers a slew of possible fixes.
“We also recommend that the resources available to the code enforcement department be beefed up to give them the staffing capacity to identify and enforce these violations,” Heather K. Way with U.T. said. “We also recommend that the City Attorney’s Office actually have attorneys who are dedicated to fixing these problems.”
But the biggest fix would be dedicating more city staff to tackle problem properties.
The study found that Austin lags far behind other major Texas cities in code compliance.