Landlord faces citations, violations after raccoon falls through woman’s bathroom


by Maggie Ruper

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 11:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – WHAS11 first visited the Iroquois Heights Apartments on Monday when Hazel Smith showed us a ceiling tile that fell on top of her in the tub.

She said a raccoon later came through the open hole and ran through her apartment. WHAS11 checked back in with Smith on Friday to learn the conditions had not improved.

Smith also snapped a picture of a different raccoon that tried to come up through a hole in the floor near her front door.

Another neighbor took us inside his apartment where he says raccoons are in the ceiling. He said he can’t sleep because he can hear them scratching all night.

The residents have called the Health Department and the Department of Codes and Regulations. WHAS11 also called officials after our first report on Monday. They have since sent out inspectors to investigate.

“We're out there trying to change it to make sure that the minimum codes are being met,” Robert Kirchdorfer, assistant director said.

Kirchdorfer said that they not only fined building owner Brett Butler $200 for unresolved issues, but they also found more than 25 new violations, including pest infestation.

“I agree. I wouldn’t want a raccoon there. I would want to address the problem, and I would want the landlord to address the problem too,” Kirchdorfer said.

The exterior violations range from the foundation to stagnant water. WHAS11 found water underneath the building after sticking a camera through an exposed hole on the side of the building.

There was also broken glass near the sidewalk where children play.

WHAS11 went looking for owner Brett Butler. His listed address on the violations is a legal office at 123 S. 7th St, but the secretary inside said Butler no longer works out of that office. WHAS11 also tried calling the property manager again, but did not get a response.

“I’m praying for a knock to come on this door and say ‘We’re going to fix this problem,’” said Smith.

Butler has 30 days to bring the building up to code for his new violations. If not, he will face more fines and could be taken to court.