Owner of Fort Worth, Arlington apartment buildings arrested

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FORT WORTH -- An out-of-state apartment owner whose complexes in Arlington and Fort Worth each have accumulated hundreds of code violations was arrested this week for unpaid fines.

Theodore Hansen of Utah was arrested Monday for unpaid Class C misdemeanor citations when he appeared at a hearing before the Fort Worth Building Standards Commission at City Hall regarding substandard conditions at the Bella Apartments at 5700 Boca Raton Blvd.

Hansen, 42, was released from the Fort Worth Jail on $25,940 bail, police said. He could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

At Monday's hearing, the commission declared Bella Apartments, a 206-unit complex, a substandard property and gave Hansen 30 days to address the most critical violations and another 30 days to correct hundreds of other problems, including broken windows, graffiti, rotten wood and dilapidated conditions inside units.

Since August, the city of Fort Worth has sought to have the commission declare the complex substandard to force Hansen to bring all 22 buildings up to city code or face a $1,000-a-day civil penalty.

Hansen has owned the Bella Apartments since 2008, city officials said.

Hansen also owns the La Joya Apartments on New York Avenue in east Arlington. As of Wednesday, Hansen had not made payments on the 125 citations issued at the complex, said Brian Daugherty, a code compliance supervisor. Those fines total more than $40,000, Daugherty said.

Late last year, Arlington code inspectors responding to a reported water leak identified 1,080 violations at the La Joya, including roaches, mold and some tenants living in units filled with trash and animal feces.

One building that Arlington fire officials ordered to be vacated last October because of hazards, including floor-to-ceiling mold growth, remained closed as of Wednesday.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578

Twitter: @susanschrock

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