Fort Worth takes legal steps to close down nuisance hotel off I-35
Fort Worth officials are taking steps to get a problematic hotel to clean up its act: According to a release, the city filed a lawsuit against the owners of Days Inn, 4213 South Fwy., in an effort to abate the crime occurring on the property.
In the past year, police have responded to numerous allegations of criminal activity surrounding this location including narcotics violations, aggravated assault, and homicide.
If a permanent injunction is granted, the property could be shut down for one year.
The action is the result of a partnership between The Fort Worth Police Department and the City Attorney’s Office that began in August to pursue irresponsible landlords who fail to address criminal activity occurring on their properties.
Under this effort, the city can leverage legal tools provided by Chapter 125 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code (Nuisance Abatement Laws) to combat crime-ridden properties.
The law empowers the city to seek injunctive relief against property owners who do not take reasonable steps to mitigate criminal activity occurring on their properties, and knowingly tolerate it. These properties are considered common nuisances.
If the owner is unwilling to make changes to improve the property such as better lighting and more security, the statute allows law enforcement to shut them down for a year by filing a lawsuit.
The low-rise hotel is located off I-35W just north of E. Seminary Drive and across the street from La Grand Plaza shopping mall. The average price for a room is $61.