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Country Village Loses Rental License

The City of Burnsville revoked the embattled rental company's license after they failed to bring the complex up to fire code.

As of Wednesday, Lindahl Properties — owner of Country Village Apartments — can no longer legally rent apartments in the City of Burnsville.

The City of Burnsville has revoked the company's license after they failed an inspection on Tuesday, said Deputy City Manager Tom Hansen. The revocation will displace hundreds of residents, who will have to find a new place to live by March 1.

Since spring the city has documented in the northwest corner of Burnsville. Nevertheless, in the city council granted Lindahl a conditional rental license in the hopes that they company would make good on its promises to improve conditions in the neglected complex.

The conditional license included about 30 individual apartments that had been deemed habitable by the city — less than a quarter of the total number of units at Country Village. As work was completed, the license would be extended to units that had been brought into compliance.

The city also imposed a series of deadlines on Lindahl Properties, the first being Jan. 15: The city demanded that the property owner replace jammed and broken fire doors by that date, or face complete revocation. According to Hansen, Lindahl Properties had done nothing to meet the deadline.

"Aug. 2 was when we first cited them for fire code violations. That's six months ago," Hansen said. "They hadn't even begun ordering the fire doors yet."

Editor's Note: This is a developing story. We will update this article as more information becomes available. 

karen selden January 19, 2012 at 11:56 PM
THANK U GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the worsty place u could ever live im so glad i found a new place the city just needs to plow them down
Eric Hauge January 20, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Burnsville's actions are a blatant attempt to remove low-income, minority, & non-English speaking residents from the city through no fault of their own. An irresponsible landlord is not a reason to evict people from their homes. The building is not the problem; the landlord is. Replace the landlord, and have a competent third-party management company repair the building. If the city had been considering the well-being of residents from the start (back in May 2011), they would have revoked the license (which does not impose a requirement to evict anyone) much earlier to allow residents to legally break leases or withhold rent. Instead, the landlord has faced minimal consequences until now--and now those consequences will harm hundreds of innocent families by placing them at risk of homelessness.
karen selden January 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM
they have people to help so they r not homeless!!!!!!!!!!! i just moved from there its nasty they would have to rebuild all them buildings all over because its in the wood! and everything trust me its the owners the landlords and everyone that works there i had to leave my apt in july for them to fix my apt and they still have not fixed it so i moved!!!!!!!!
kimwa mateliot May 09, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Burnsville city are targeting low income people out of the city. Yes, the apartments might not be liveable, however it makes zero sense for the city to revoke them due to fire code. the doors were all unrestricted,(some) fire alarms were working. i feel bad bad for the mexicans and africans for they could afford that place. shame on the society,.
Clare Kennedy July 02, 2012 at 09:35 PM
There is an update on this issue: They might get their license back. Check it out here: http://burnsville.patch.com/articles/owners-seek-new-rental-license-for-country-village-apartments#photo-8163904

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