Repairs Underway At Assistant DA's Rentals

, Posted: Thu, September 27 2012 at 7:08 PM, Updated: Thu, September 27 2012 at 7:24 PM

Now to a follow up on a story we brought you only on NBC5 --

Our investigation one week ago showed you apartments owned by Assistant District Attorney Beth Heckert and her husband Mike Heckert. Where current tenants told us their landlord is leaving them to live in slum conditions.
Today, we went back to the six apartments on Main Street in Phoenix to find a contractor hard at work, new doors are on two of the units, as well as other repairs.
This is what we found one week ago at 117 main street in phoenix.
mold on the floor of one of the apartments, loose supports, junk stacked against the walls, shredded doors and patched walls. Tenants who said they feared eviction spoke to us without being on camera saying,
"He hasn't done (expletive) in years. Slumlords to the kilt."

Now, the "Beth Heckert for D.A." campaign sign mounted to the outside of these rental units is gone and the apartments owned by Deputy District Attorney Beth Heckert and her husband Mike Heckert are undergoing repair since our story aired.
The contractor on site, Bob Hoffman, tells us “When I got hired? On Monday” 

Since then contractors have been hard at work. "We're replacing all the doors and fix whatever needs to be fixed," Hoffman tells us.

 For example, this stair support no longer moves if you shake it, it’s attached to the ground by a cement block.

We also showed you this garage underneath one of the units.
and while today the garage is closed, Mike Overturf who lives in the unit above tells us:  “That got fixed already. It was a couple days ago."

And while he said he didn’t have a problem with the way things were before, he’s still glad to see the place get a face lift.
 “Oh ya, it's great.” 

Even Phoenix police are commenting on the change,  “I hear there’s some renovated apartments that are going to be available soon.”

We attempted to contact Beth Heckert once more to ask about the repairs, but she did not return our phone calls. 

As for the tenants we spoke with last week - none of them wished to be on camera again. One did tell us, off camera, that things are a lot better since the story broke last week.

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