L&I poised to clear out East Oak Lane condo building

Posted: March 15, 2014

Residents of a 54-unit East Oak Lane condominium building were bracing Thursday night for an eviction that could come as early as Friday afternoon.

The city has posted a cease-and-desist order at the Oak Lane Garden condominiums, 6751 N. 13th St., citing life-threatening safety violations throughout the common areas, including no working fire alarm system, broken sewer pipes, blocked exits, exposed wiring, and other faults.

Rebecca Swanson, spokeswoman for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, said that although the structure is not imminently dangerous, the lack of safety systems places occupants at risk.

While the units in the four-story brick-and-stone structure are individually owned, according to records, many are owned by one firm, Rare Rentals L.L.C.

An intent to cease was issued on Feb. 28, and residents have been kept updated throughout the process, Swanson said. The city has partnered with other agencies to provide assistance.

A cease order means residents are not permitted to live in the building until the hazards identified by L&I have been fixed.


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