Foreign exchange students cramped into property in Virginia Beach, according to the students who live there.
Virginia Beach code enforcement said they investigating an overcrowding situation inside a house with several units that hold foriegn exchange students for the summer months.
The property is located on the 400 block of 24th Street. They said they were told there were 40 people living at the location but they could not confirm that number.
The property manager said there were some issues and some violations but he’s working with the city to fix all of the problems.
He says the people living here are being taken care of.
He said he had an extra 10 students living on the property then he was supposed to. He said he didn’t realize it was a violation.
Some students told News 3 they don’t know where they’re going to live and one woman called her living conditions in the home horrible.
The students come to Virginia Beach to experience life in America and work in hotels and various other places near the Oceanfront.
“I think it’s horrible,” said one woman who didn’t want to be identified. She said 12 men and women share one bathroom and there are no doors.
Police said they were called to assist code enforcement on Tuesday.
Several students told News 3 there are 6 people to a room.
The property manager would only identify himself as Jim. He showed us a list of about 27 maintenance items that need to be fixed. He said he is working with the city.
“It’s not acceptable and the city requests to correct it and we are,” said the property manager.
He said the students pay $80 per week to staying home. He admits there were too many young people in the various units. He said he didn’t realize he was in violation.
He said,”The students are taken care of, they are well taken care of.
But some of the people living here would not agree.
“There are no doors,” one woman said of her unit. She said, “everywhere is dirty.”
Other young adults said they don’t mind the close quarters.
Jahi Kadriji said he doesn’t mind the house being so crowded
“I think that we have to move from here in one week so we have to find something else,” said Kadriji.
The exchange students News 3 spoke to are from places all over the world Taiwan, Siberia, China and Russia.
Code enforcement said the house is not condemned. The property manager said they did not receive any citations.
Several of the students told me that they do not know where they’re going to be living.