Minneapolis wins in fight against landlord

  • Article by: JAMES ELI SHIFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 7, 2012 - 8:16 PM

Spiros Zorbalas lost appeal for 3 properties, could lose 35 more.

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ThegonagleMar. 7, 1210:39 PM

Mr. Shiffer, you wrote that "last year, Zorbalas hired a new management company." However, the legal opinion published earlier states: "Each of the properties at issue in this appeal has a separate corporate owner, but relator Spiros Zorbalas is the corporate representative for each of those corporations and for a fourth corporation that manages the properties, and all of the entities are represented by the same legal counsel." --=-- So doesn't that mean that he didn't hire a new management company so much as create a new one that he himself still controls? That's how I interpret it.

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mplsinvestorMar. 8, 1210:23 AM

Once again Minneapolis is attacking landlords. We're residents of this city too and pay a LOT in taxes. What happens when they drive landlords out of the city? Not everyone can or even wants to own a home. The city needs to learn to WORK WITH rather than WORK AGAINST landlords.

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CarrieMplsMar. 8, 1210:57 AM

This guy bought a building I was living in in the early 2000's. Within a few months of transferring ownership the building went downhill quickly. Cleaning and repairs of common areas stopped, there were fire alarms set off regularly by new, careless tenants (many obviously on drugs) and neighbors told me there was prostitution and drug dealing happening. The screening process for new tenants went away and all hell broke loose. Compared to what others endured, I got off easy. I quickly moved out and never looked back. Thank goodness something is finally happening.

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mcjohnApr. 3, 1212:50 PM

I lived in one of his buildings and it was fine until he bought it. No repairs or returned phone calls, noisy neighbors with large families living in one bed-room apartments (wouldn't mind so much if they were respectful of others), kept up my own space with fresh paint, and fought an ongoing battle of keeping roach and bed bug free! Ugghh! It was horrible to say the least. Glad I was able to get out of there. I feel terrible for the tenants that don't have any other choices. We even went with out hot water in the dead of winter for about a week at one point. Lots of bad memories..

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