VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Does a house in Virginia Beach have too many people living inside? The city’s code enforcement said one home near the Oceanfront had as many as 40 beds inside.
According to Virginia Beach City Code Enforcement, the home on 24th Street had several violations. Doors and floors needed to be repaired, there was cracked concrete outside and overcrowding inside.
The city said the property owner will have time to fix the issues. In the meantime, the city said the foreign workers will have to find somewhere else to stay.
Earlier this summer, 23-year-old Jahi Kadriji, who is from Serbia, moved to Virginia Beach. He works in the U.S. with a J-1 student visa and said he lives with others just like him inside the home on 24th Street.
“I expected it because a lot of students are coming to Virginia Beach,” said Kadriji. “I’ve heard that 400 more are coming.”
Kadriji said this week, his landlord told him that he had to leave.
“[I was told I had to leave] because [it was] too crowded,” Kadriji said.
10 On Your Side talked to the City of Virginia Beach Code Enforcement. A spokesperson said they found evidence of overcrowding at the home. They weren’t sure how many people lived inside, but they believe they found around 40 beds.
A man outside the home claimed to be the property manager. He identified himself only as “Jim.”
“What I’m saying is the city has come in, I’ve worked something out with the city,” he told 10 On Your Side. “The city is happy and everybody is being taken care of.”
When 10 On Your Side asked how many people lived in the home, he said 17. When we asked to see the inside of the home, he said no.
While “Jim” claimed everything is fine, Kadriji said he has to move — and fast.
“Yeah, I think that we have to move from here,” he said. “In less than one week. So we have to find somewhere else.”
B.A. Andrews may be helping in that search. He is the housing coordinator for international students workers.
“It’s about money, money, money, and to hell with the kids,” Andrews said.
Andrews calls it an epidemic: a shortage of suitable housing options for summer workers.
“This has been going on for years and years,” he explained. “It is the responsibility of the sponsors to get off their duff and find these kids reasonable housing.”