Senator Marco Rubio calls owners of Riviera Beach apartment complex 'slumlords'

Posted at 11:47 PM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-10 09:53:17-04

Residents at a Riviera Beach apartment complex say they're living with mold, roaches and some even without air conditioning.

Senator Marco Rubio got a first-hand look at the conditions at the Stonybrook Apartments. This follows a federal investigation into the property owner, Global Ministries Foundation.

Stonybrook is the third Global Ministries Foundation Property the U.S. Senator has toured in Florida. Rubio says the Riviera Beach complex is the worst of the three.

Residents at Stonybrook are fed up. Shatoya Harris says she's living among roaches and some kind of animal living in her walls.

"Scratching in the wall. I'm scared at night because you hear it's something trying to get in," says Harris.

Friday she expressed that frustration to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and several Riviera Beach city leaders.

Dozens of tenants asked Rubio for a change and that's what the Senator is trying to do.

The property owners are federally funded to maintain the units. Rubio launched a federal investigation back in May.

"I'm glad they're under investigation. They should be out of this business and quite frankly if they've stolen that money, they should be in jail. They're slumlords. They should never be allowed to operate any buildings in this country," says Rubio.

Rubio and Senator Bill Nelson have filed a bill to hold slumlords accountable for poor conditions.

We reached out to Global Ministries Foundation for comment and have yet to hear back.