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.