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Old 10-15-2007, 02:54 PM
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Does anyone know anything about housing codes for apartments in Phoenix?

The complex I live in has 3 entrance/exits, 2 of which they keep closed. My boyfriend says that by law they have to have 2 open entrance/exits but according to the management they have closed the other 2 because they open to a back street and people have complained about break-ins. They have been closed the entire time that I have lived there and I have since had someone attempted to steal my car and break into it and steal the stereo. There is no security and the fence around the back is all of 2 feet high and the gates used to lock the entrances are the equiveland of a bar and a padlock. It really provides no greater security than to have it open.

My biggest complaint is that I am forced to use the main entrance which opens onto a busy major road and can take anywhere 5-15 minutes just to pull out of(turing left or right). If they had 1 of the back entrances open that road turns onto a street with a light and would save time and irritation.

Do I have any grounds to complain to management or is there any agency that I can file a complaint with if it is in violation of a code/law?
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Old 10-15-2007, 06:42 PM
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For City of Phoenix Building Code Information call 602-262-7884
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:46 PM
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i live at my aprtment now for 4 1/2 months on the first floor, no one lived above me until 4/18, now i thought they rented the apt to shamu the whale, but come to find out the apt floors are cracked making lots of noise its crazy, i normally wake up for work at 9am all week im up at 7am i could hear my neighbor up stairs who is about 100pounds i cant live like this, what are my rights, i would rather move from this apartment totally, please help!!
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Old 04-25-2009, 04:24 AM
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I'm laughing as I read this forum: there are areas of Phoenix like Maryvale where apparently there are NO housing codes; cities seem to only enforce housing codes and sign codes in nice areas and new construction. I guess the politicians that run the city think they might lose votes if they crack down.
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:20 AM
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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We have one entrance that is open during the daytime, and 2 or 3 which are "exit only" (ie always closed but they will open by motion sensor to exit not to enter). In the evening, the front entrance locks to entrance as well and you need a code or opener to get in (it goes to auto-open for exit from the inside tho). Our fencing is a lot more than 2 feet high. I live at Desert Club by Mayo & Scottsdale.

I would "suspect" but definitely am not certain but if the complex you live in was built with X number of exits, I would suspect fire code required them-ie you can't funnel everyone through one exit in event of emergency if it is a larger complex.

Tho your post reminded me of an interesting tidbit. My niece lives in apartments in Ahwatukee (which is also Phoenix) around 48th & Ray. They have gas grills in the common areas. When I moved in here, they said all of our grills were originally gas but Phoenix made them change to coal. (That is my one vent about this complex, other than the people who can't pickup after their pets and leave their cats outside to whine but separate rant...) Both are in Phoenix so maybe because her complex is older (I think not sure) it was grandfathered or something? I know Desert Club opened in 2003 or 2004 somewhere around that.
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