Code enforcement inspectors descend upon Austin’s ‘Solaris’ apartments

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Officers from the Austin Code Department will be inspecting Solaris, a 42-building apartment complex, Monday as part of the city code department’s repeat offender program.

Austin Code says the complex, at 1601 Royal Crest Drive, “has a history of structural issues, dangerous conditions and crime dating back to 2011. Austin Police reported over 800 calls for service at Solaris, ranging from drug related activity to prostitution.”

Monday’s inspection by approximately 15 officers is the first annual inspection required by city ordinance after Solaris became the first Multi-family housing property placed on the city’s repeat offender list. Following the inspection, the officers will determine whether or not the complex will be removed from the program. If it fails inspection, it will remain on the repeat offender list for at least two years.

The Repeat Offender Program was designed to protect the quality of life for residents in rental properties. Our goal is to ensure property owners and managers maintain minimum standards of the code,” Todd Wilcox, Division Manager, Multi-Family and Commercial Inspection Team.

A second complex, Coppertree a 2425 Cromwell Circle, will be inspected as part of the repeat offender program on Tuesday.

Apartment complexes and businesses must register for the city’s repeat offender list if they meet the following criteria:

  • Two or more separate notices of violation for conditions that are dangerous or impair habitability, and were not corrected within the time required.
  • Five or more separate notices of violation for conditions that are dangerous or impair habitability which are issued on separate days regardless of whether the violation was corrected or not.
  • Two or more citations for conditions that are dangerous or impair habitability within 12 consecutive months.

Report code violations

Code violations in the City of Austin can be reported anonymously to 3-1-1.

 

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