Bedford Pines starts inspections - CBS46 News

Bedford Pines starts inspections following CBS Atlanta's Tough Questions

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The company that manages a slum in the heart of metro Atlanta has started inspecting units. The inspections come a week after CBS Atlanta asked tough questions about the filthy conditions tax dollars are paying for.

Wingate Management put out a sign at Bedford Pines along Boulevard, letting the people who live there know they'd start those inspections. It says they didn't like the way the community was portrayed during our CBS Atlanta investigation.

Residents see the sign as they grab their mail or walk in the door. Tuesday through Thursday of this week management will inspect all units to make sure they meet HUD standards.

The notice comes just a week after CBS Atlanta showed the filthy conditions some people at Bedford Pines live in. Some of the Section 8 housing has roaches inside and trouble with the plumbing.

CBS Atlanta spotted repairs being made ever we started asking tough questions, as well as maintenance crews cleaning up.

Sadie Jones was horrified to see the conditions others lived in.

"Mine is not like that. I don't have a pest problem. If they need to do follow up inspections due to your story, I guess that's fine," said Jones.

Jones showed CBS Atlanta the inside of her place. She's lived at Bedford Pines for about six years.  No other residents wanted to go on camera.

Samantha Wilcher has friends and family who live at Bedford Pines.

"They're scared to lose their places, they're scared to lose their apartments if they speak out. They're scared of losing something," sad Wilcher.

Wilcher said it's hard to get management to fix things. But it's happening now, after CBS Atlanta's tough questions and before the next HUD inspection.

CBS Atlanta asked Wingate Management to follow along for the inspections and received this response from Chris Reilly of Wingate Companies.

"We respectfully decline Channel 46's offer to accompany our property management workers during their inspections of Bedford Pines units. The privacy and well-being of our tenants, and the ability of our workers to do their jobs, are our main concerns. We feel that the presence of camera crews will disrupt the inspection process and  pose an unnecessary distraction to our tenants and our workers."

CBS Atlanta also requested a walk through with HUD but have been told the regional administrator is "on official travel and unavailable for the next couple of weeks.  Our Multifamily Housing Division is working closely on the matters at Bedford Pines with Wingate Management and is also scheduling a visit."

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