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The name Brannon Hill Condominiums has a nice ring to it -- a name that might suggest pristine landscaping, a grilling area and maybe a playground for kids.

In fact, the development east of Interstate-285 in DeKalb County just off Memorial Drive has a play area, but it’s overgrown with weeds. 

Parts of Brannon Hill look like a landfill -- the final resting place for broken toilets, tattered sofas, busted TVs and soiled mattresses.

Parts look like the complex has just caught fire, but the bulldozers have yet to arrive to tear down the charred building's remains.

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Caroline Huftalen has lived in Atlanta for six years, in the Cabbagetown-Reynoldstown area, specifically. She’s a writer and the marketing director for Seven Stages, a nonprofit theater company in Little Five Points. And recently, she had to move.

Huftalen had been renting a 700-square-foot unit in a condo building for $975 in the neighborhood, but this summer, building officials reinstated a two-year renting rule, forcing her out. Huftalen says she quickly learned $1,000 for a one bedroom apartment or studio didn’t go as far as it did a few years ago.

APD Eyes New Policy To Curb Apartment Complex Crime

Sep 11, 2014

  The Atlanta Police Department says it’s looking at a new policy to help address crime in affordable apartment communities.

  The Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program is and it’s a national program that dates back to 1992. It’s already in place in parts of the metro area, along with more than 2,000 cities across the country in 48 different states.

The idea is to curb illegal activity in apartment complexes by helping property managers better screen potential tenants and engage with current ones.