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Jacksonville apartment complex scored 6 out of 100 on inspection

The I-TEAM initially found mice, roaches and piles of garbage at Eastside Terrace, and our report prompted Sen. Marco Rubio to bring his own team in to investigate both properties owned by Andrew Podray.
The I-TEAM initially found mice, roaches and piles of garbage at Eastside Terrace, and our report prompted Sen. Marco Rubio to bring his own team in to investigate both properties owned by Andrew Podray. (WJXT)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Congressional sources on Tuesday confirmed to News4Jax that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has inspected the Eastside Terrace Apartments following an I-TEAM report that revealed residents have been dealing with rats, roaches and other unsanitary conditions.

The results were not good.

According to Sen. Marco Rubio, the complex scored a 6c out of a possible 100, and its sister complex, Eastside Gardens, received a 24c out of 100.

UPDATE: Rubio calls owner of Eastside complexes ‘slumlord,’ says conditions are ‘life-threatening’

Anything under 60 is a failing grade. The “c” means life-threatening conditions for tenants were observed during the inspections, Rubio said.

Following the I-TEAM’s initial investigation, Rubio immediately called on HUD’s secretary to take action after his team witnessed black mold, a pest infestation and crumbling staircases.

The owner is currently facing more than $300,000 in civil money penalties for each property, totaling approximately $600,000 because of the failing scores, Rubio said.