Myrtle Beach cracking down on property maintenance

Bringing old hotels up to code

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The City of Myrtle Beach is trying to work closely with the owners of hotels that are repeat property maintenance offenders. The city's is using a new approach in hopes of improving the working relationship between the city's construction services department and the hotel owners.

City spokesman Mark Kruea says there's a new task force in place. The group will target the hotels with a record of open property maintenance cases. There's also an added step in the process to close an open property maintenance case. At the beginning of March, the building department started property maintenance hearings. The idea is to have a better working relationship between the city's construction services department.

According to Christopher Lee with the City of Myrtle Beach Building Department, this should also improve how the city monitors the progress of repair work. So far, his department has held three hearings dealing with six different hotels in the Grand Strand.  Lee says the bulk of the reoccurring cases are with the older hotels in the Grand Stand,  built between the 50's and 70's.

The most common problems are poor plumbing, lack of heating and cooling, mold, problems with the railings and balconies, and in some cases, dirty pools.

City leaders say  they're trying to avoid buildings from falling into a state of disrepair. This was case with the recently demolished Rain Tree Motel. Run-down hotels are a problem for the entire community.

"We're concerned about how the community looks and how safe the community is. Neighbors are concerned if the adjacent property is run down. It's also a concern from a life safety standpoint. It's important to meet proper building codes to protect lives," said Kruea.

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