CHICAGO (CBS) — Tenants in some West Side apartment buildings in need of repairs have received help from activists trying to make a better quality of life, but even the activists acknowledge some landlords have little incentive to fix up their buildings.
The tenants live in buildings owned by what the city calls “problem landlords” on its new list, as it seeks to shame them into addressing unresolved building code violations.READ MORE: R. Kelly Found Guilty Of All Counts In Sex Trafficking, Racketeering Trial
Activists with the South Austin Coalition visited some of those landlords’ buildings on Thursday.
South Austin Coalition organizer Elce Redmond spoke to tenants through the closed door of one such building on the 200 block of North Leclaire Avenue as a reporter listened in. Redmond said he wanted the tenants to know their rights and responsibilities, and suggested all tenants of buildings in need of repair should band and together in an effort deal with the issues.
He was told to come back later and left a flyer explaining what he was trying to accomplish.