Residents: Building a ‘nightmare’ even before roof collapse

Residents of Avondale's Burton Apartments demanded action from their landlord Wednesday after a roof collapse displaced 30 households – approximately 70 people, 17 of them children.

News Story (Ohio)

Cameron Knight
Cincinnati Enquirer
November 12, 2015

Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati


Around 4 a.m. Friday, the residents of 1026 Burton Ave. were awakened by firefighters telling them to leave the building.

They sat in a bus outside for hours before being taken to a youth center, resident Michael Pinkston said. Eventually, they were taken the Days Inn on Highland Avenue in Columbia Township, where they remain today.

With the assistance of the Legal Aid Society and the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, the newly formed Burton Residents’ Association held a news conference Wednesday and demanded for their landlords, PF Holdings and the Puretz family out of New Jersey, to make their homes habitable, continue providing temporary housing and to provide further financial support.