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Sinajana residents complain about unkempt apartments

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - One of the island's many eyesores regulatory agencies have stepped in to ensure Sinajana Apartments is brought up to code.

Over two decades old, the Sinajana Apartments has had its share of issues and after numerous complaints from neighbors who have lived near the complex something is finally being done to address the numerous problems, which has kept the apartments on Mayor Robert Hoffman's radar. "We have problems with the area or problems with the tenants or crime or things that were happening and it was affecting the neighbors," he said. "Is because it was one neighbor after the other complaining either trash debris smells sewer standing water whatever else or even people bathing in the balcony nude because that was part of their culture or that's the only side that had running water."

For years Hoffman says it was a constant battle his office has tried to address with the various people in charge of the building it was not until recently that progress was finally made. "The landlord noticed what was the problem there and she was really embarrassed about what had happened because she did not know the neighbors were really subjected to this," he shared.

According to Hoffman the landlord was unaware because she does not reside on Guam. Now on island the landlord and regulatory agencies such as Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Public Health and Department of Public Works as well as Mayor Hoffman have met to ensure the apartment comes in compliance with regulatory standards. "In fire safety putting in the smoke alarms the railing fixing some of the vandalism there and that's what we are seeing they are water blasting striping parking ADA compliance there are so many different things that needed to take place," he said.

And while the something is finally being done to address the Sinajana Apartments seeing dilapidated or flat out dirty apartment complexes that are below standard is not unique to Sinajana. Eyesores such as this can be found throughout the island. Hoffman says something needs to be done to address this challenging lawmakers to create a landlord/tenant bill of rights, noting, "While I agree with the fair housing act there should be some sort of landlord tenant bill of rights. Where landlords can some expectation of what their tenant should and shouldn't do and tenants can have some expectation of what they can expect."

Adding that creating this bill would give tenants who fear speaking up about their inadequate housing a voice as well as encourage landlords to make progress and keep their building up to code. 

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