Burnsville revokes rental license for Country Village

  • Article by: HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2012 - 8:50 PM

Enough is enough, the city said, after the owner of the troubled apartments missed a Jan. 15 deadline for fixing fire code violations.

Burnsville has revoked the rental license of the owner of the troubled Country Village Apartments and ordered residents to leave by March 1, city officials announced Wednesday.

Deputy City Manager Tom Hansen said that Lindahl Properties has failed to meet a Jan. 15 deadline to fix fire code violations at the property.

The City Council suspended the complex's license in October, citing dozens of fire code violations and 129 violations of building codes. Moldy carpet, rampant insects, crumbling drywall, and faulty plumbing and electrical work were among the problems found by the city.

The city granted a provisional license in December, saying that only units that passed inspection could be occupied. To keep that provisional license, Lindahl had to meet deadlines for improvements to the property, starting with the Jan. 15 deadline to get fire doors and alarm systems up to code.

Hansen said the fire marshal inspected the property on Tuesday and found no compliance.

The city has been working with the owners and management of the complex since May 2011. After many meetings, multiple inspections and two appearances by Lindahl representatives before the City Council, minor repairs were made to individual units, officials said.

"But the property overall has grossly failed to meet the city's minimum code requirements," Hansen said in a news release.

Lindahl Properties, owned by Delores Lindahl, has been notified of its loss of license through its attorney, he said.

Residents of Country Village will be receiving a letter from the city explaining the revocation and what resources may be available to them.

The six-building complex on Sibley Street, near Hwy. 13 on the western edge of Burnsville, has 138 units. Of those, 121 were occupied by the city's count in October, but many residents have since moved out. It is believed that scores of units were still occupied as of Wednesday.

Lindahl Properties has come under fire for problems at its other buildings around the state, including those in Wayzata, Mankato and Shakopee; insect infestations and water damage were among complaints at those properties.

The company has declined to comment on the allegations, but company representative Paul Lindahl said at a City Council meeting in December that his firm had spent more than $400,000 trying to get Country Village up to code. "I believe we are on track now," Lindahl told the council.

Heron Marquez • 952-746-3281

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