15 displaced tenants at the Hunter’s Point Apartments hope to be back home ahead of schedule after a repair snafu forced them to relocate for about a week. They were forced out of their homes after city inspectors shut down the repair of at least three dangerous balconies.
A routine inspection found dry rot that required repairs.
The owner apparently did not take the advice of inspectors to complete repair permits and use a licensed contractor. Instead, a handyman began work and accidentally fell off one balconies. Inspectors later found the repair work wasn’t done properly.
A licensed contractor was hired and, according the apartment manager, is now doing the job right. City officials say the work on the balconies should be finished early next week, but a repairs on one balcony are scheduled to be completed by the end of the day.
The work on the other two may also be finished ahead of schedule so tenants can return this weekend. The units must be inspected by the city before that happens.
“I never thought I was in any danger. It’s inconvenient but it isn’t that big a deal,” said Amber Hensley, who was placed in an empty unit until repairs are complete.
West Sacramento community development director Charline Hamilton said the owner is just coming out of a bankruptcy procedure that prevented repair work and that he is now cooperating with the city on repairs.