Austin college students describe nightmare apartment

Houston native Alexis Calvo said she was so excited driving to Austin this weekend, getting ready to move into her first apartment after living in the dorms for two years.

AUSTIN -- Houston native Alexis Calvo was so excited driving to Austin this weekend, as she got ready to move into her first apartment after living in a dorm for two years. 

That excitement quickly turned to horror after opening the front door of her new apartment off of East Oltorf Street.

"It was disgusting," Calvo said.

When the St. Edward's junior and her mother, Leslie Tarango, walked into the apartment, they immediately noticed the strong stench of dog urine and marijuana. 

"Just a nasty odor," Tarango said.

"As soon as I got in here, there were fleas everywhere and I was getting bites all over my legs," Calvo said.

The mother and daughter said the apartment is dirty and dangerous. They point to mold on and in the air vents, a hole in the ceiling and mysterious stains everywhere.

"There's goo all over the walls, we don't know what it is. They didn't bother cleaning it up," Tarango said.

She showed KVUE more pictures of what she describes as filth. There was also a pile of posters and furniture in the living that no one seems to know whom it belongs to. But the truly shocking discovery was in the bathroom.

"The bathroom that I was supposed to be using, we found heroin in," Calvo said. Along with two syringes and a spoon.

Calvo immediately took a picture and called maintenance. They said management's reaction was upsetting.

"They picked up the paraphernalia and the manager kind of giggled at one of the girls and said, 'Welcome to the Connection...' And the girls have been very stressed out, very upset, crying [and] distraught," Tarango said. "This is supposed to be a fun experience for them; an exciting experience for them. It's your first apartment and it was a disaster."

Calvo toured a model apartment in April before signing the lease at Connection.

"This is not what we signed up for," Tarango said.

KVUE spoke with Roscoe Properties, the company that runs Connection apartments. The regional manager said they are working to address the residents' concerns.

According to Austin Code, there have been four complaints for the apartment complex since 2013, when Roscoe Properties took over Connection.


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