KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) - City of Kettering told 2 NEWS Investigates it's now inspecting all of the decks at the apartments where three people got hurt on Friday.
Tom Robillard, Director of Planning and Development in Kettering told 2 NEWS Investigates there will be no fines issued, and the collapse is likely a matter of wear and tear over time.
Robillard said records show his staff had inspected Georgetown at Kettering a year ago April, but the faulty connection between the deck and the wall was not visible.
The complex at 4889 Fair Hills Avenue is under new ownership as of January. 2 NEWS Investigates called APM Management near Cleveland twice, but our calls have not be returned.
Robillard says inspectors do visit apartment sites every two to three years, sooner if there's a complaint. They check for peeling paint and any signs managers are failing to maintain the properties. He admits inspectors could be more thorough, but there is much to do with only three property maintenance inspectors to cover the entire city.
"The first priority would be for the owner to take that on and have their maintenance people do a thorough inspection. It's not necessarily something we do constantly because of limited resources," said Robillard.
Robillard says every ten to fifteen years decks need to be replaced. He did not know the age of the deck that collapsed. He did suggest if you are renting a place with a deck and you feel it wobble or see water damage where the wall and deck meet, tell the landlord immediately or call the city where you live.
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