COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A Columbus woman is sounding the alarm about a bad rental experience. She told ABC6 that her home had no heat and major repairs were never made. She claims the concerns were ignored by property management.
ABC6 has done a prior story on the property owner Nick Federici. The past investigation focused on his moving company. Federici told ABC6 that the problems with his moving company have been addressed and that he is also in the process of cleanup up his rental property.
Unfortunately, it all comes a bit too late for at least one of his tenants.
It's been more than a month since Samantha Meadows and her family moved out of their Hilltop home. She told ABC6 that the family had no choice but to leave.
"It was hazardous to live there," said Meadows.
From leaking pipes to crumbling walls and no heat. She told ABC6 that place was a mess. She points the blame at the property owner, Nick Federici.
"I just don't think it's right or fair for people to be handing over hard-working money, taking care of families and not have a safe shelter to live in," Meadows told ABC6.
If the name sounds familiar, ABC6 did a previous story about problems with Federici's moving company, "Roadrunner" in 2017 when the company refused to pay a court-ordered judgment to a former customer.
The latest issue involves a property on Vanderberg avenue. Meadows told ABC6 that tenants were forced out when city code enforcement shut it down.
"It's not acceptable, it's not right," said Meadows.
ABC6 reached out to Federici, he told our investigative team by phone that his company owns hundreds of local property's. They bought the Vanderberg avenue home just months before Meadows and her family were forced to leave and the location already had a number of problems. He said they're now in the process of making major repairs.
As for the moving company, he told ABC6 they've been given an "A" rating by the Better Business Bureau. ABC6 looked into it and the information checks out.
However, Meadows still isn't convinced about his business practices and wants to send out a warning to potential renters.
"Just kind of keep your eye out. Do your research on this guy because he did us and another family wrong and I've heard from strangers since then saying they're kind of in the same boat," said Meadows.