Landlord Plugs Apartment Leaks

A metro landlord has taken action after Fact Finders showed video of rain pouring into an apartment.

Not long after major leaks soaked Colette Hammond's bedroom, she left her landlord a steady stream of messages.

Owner Jon Williams says he's answering the call. “I want every crack around those windows sealed because I think that's where the problem could be coming from.”

Williams said notice has been sent to all tenants to shut their windows in heavy downpours but also numerous cracks are being caulked to stop the leaks.

Williams said, “We're here working on the property. But we don't know if it's going to leak or if we found the problem until it rains again.”

Williams is confident this scene won't be repeated so he's replaced ceiling tile and drywall.

If Colette doesn't want to take the chance of waiting for the next hard rain, the landlord has offered to move her to a different apartment. Colette said she'll accept the owner's offer.

She said, “I think I just need to move out into another unit and fix what he needs to fix.”

The century-old former Army barracks had a history of poor management and conditions until Williams and a partner bought the apartment complex a year ago.

Williams said, “Everybody is telling us it looks 10 times better than it used to.”

The owner says he's taken city inspectors onto the roof and they found no problems there. Bellevue code enforcement is monitoring repairs.

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