UPDATE: We received answers from the Matt Widner with the Codes Enforcement office. Here are the answers to the questions that we sent today.
My question is why would they allow something like this to happen? Reason property owner/land lord has allowed this to happen is unknown – but I believe it has to do with a contracting issue.
Is there a fine from the city for this? NOT YET – we are currently in DUE PROCESS. Fines may be levied.
Can you force them to clean this up? NO – We can and have issued a notice of violation. A citation may further be issued. We have already arranged for the trash to be cleaned up if the owner fails to do so within 3 days as stated in the Notice of Violation. We then will bill owners for the cost + fees and will most likely issue a citation for the assessment of fines. All unpaid costs, fees and fines may be applied to the property as a lien if owners do not pay.
What are the rules/codes for something like this? We have two laws: Local and State
- Local Property Maint Code for property owners and renters – Section 308 Rubbish and Garbage – every occupant shall dispose of all rubbish in a clean and sanitary manner by placing such rubbish in approved containers.
- State Landlord Tennant Act TCA 66-28-304. Maintenance by landlord. The landlord shall:
(1) Comply with requirements of applicable building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety;
(2) Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition;
(3) Keep all common areas of the premises in a clean and safe condition; and
(4) In multi-unit complexes of four (4) or more units, provide and maintain appropriate receptacles and conveniences for the removal of ashes, garbage, rubbish and other waste from common points of collection subject to § 66-28-401(3).
- TCA 66-28-401. General maintenance and conduct obligations. The tenant shall:
(1) Comply with all obligations primarily imposed upon tenants by applicable provisions of building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety;
(2) Keep that part of the premises that the tenant occupies and uses as clean and safe as the condition of the premises when the tenant took possession;
(3) Dispose from the tenant’s dwelling unit all ashes, rubbish, garbage, and other waste to the designated collection areas and into receptacles;
(4) Not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage, impair or remove any part of the premises or permit any person to do so; and shall not engage in any illegal conduct on the premises;
(5) Act and require other persons on the premises, with the tenant’s or other occupants’ consent, to act in a manner that will not disturb the neighbors’ peaceful enjoyment of the premises.
We want to thank Matt Widner for taking the time to answer those questions for us.
(August 16, 2021) This morning we received a call from a concerned citizen of the Teller Village Apartments and the trash mess that has been allowed to gather near the entrance. The trash receptacle is full, but residents have been forced to continue to put their trash in and around the dumpster.
We took a ride over there this morning to look for ourselves and was astonished at what we saw.
A refrigerator setting in the parking lot. Trash strewn around the grounds. A total mess that would embarrass just about anyone who lived there.
I have sent a message to the Codes Enforcement officer of the City of Oak Ridge, along with the City Manager in hopes of getting an answer and fixing this issue for the tenants of Teller Village Apartments.
We hope to have answers soon from the city and we’ll pass those along to you as soon as we get them. We have not contacted the Teller Village Apartment office, yet, but will as soon as we hear back from the City of Oak Ridge.