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Smelly apartments deemed unsafe for Norwich tenants

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NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

A smelly apartment building in Norwich has been deemed unsafe for its residents.

An eight-unit apartment house on Laurel Hill Avenue was condemned by the health department and city building inspectors.

People who lived there said the stink was awful.

"I lived on the top floor, so the smell would just rise," said resident Brian Scott.

The biggest problem, inspectors said, was a busted sewer pipe outside. They said it was going to cost the new property owner thousands of dollars to fix before tenants can return.

"Once we determined it was actually a break and not a line that could have been repaired easily, that's when we took the initiative and tried to vacate that apartment as quick as we could," said Patrick McCormack, director of the Uncas Health District.

"I workout every day and I couldn't even breathe in that house," Scott said.

Eyewitness News did some digging and learned the property exchanged hands last month.

The city building inspector's report cited numerous problems besides the broken pipe. Inspectors said they found fuel oil leaking into the ground from two old tanks. There was also plumbing and electrical problems throughout the eight units.

Tenants said the biggest issue, however, was the smell.

"The smell was like a hot summer day you were at the beach and someone would walk by and pass gas in front of you," said Scott.

As of Thursday, no one representing the building's owner, Carp Realty, took out permits to begin repairs. City officials said once that's done, it could still take weeks to complete.

"I met the landlord once," Scott said. "I paid him the first two months. After that, his nephew came. After that, another landlord came. Then another two months, another one."

Calls to Carp Realty were not returned Thursday.

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