Minneapolis, landlord work on deal

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 14, 2012 - 11:28 PM

Management of troubled properties would be reassigned, ending risk of eviction for 2,000 tenants.

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mncowgirl77Sep. 15, 12 8:32 AM

Unfortunately, if a new owner takes over, it will cost them a huge amount of money to bring these units up to code. The government will need to step in and subsidize because the tenants won't be able to afford the increase in the rental payments. Or, the new owner will bring these units up to code, and then rent to higher income people forcing these people out on the street. It would be best if the renters could form cooperatives and make these into condos and bring each unit up to code and not ask for the taxpayers to subsidize.

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getcrazySep. 15, 1210:16 AM

"We do have buildings that need attention, and we have attempted to do this as best we can."----No you haven't. This is why you have multiple violations and neighborhood groups that want you gone. It's also why your case was refuse to be heard the the MN Supreme Court. You aren't going to get any sympathy here for saying that. You are not a victim. The tenants and neighbors of your properties are the victims and personally I think with that many violations you should be in jail. Fines don't seem to work for people who won't feel it in the wallet or the entitled elite to act with out social responsibility. Especially when they live out of state and out of reach for those they affect. MPLS should consider new rules that say people can only be absentee landlords for x number of properties or x sized properties. An out of state slumlord with that many properties (and issues!) is out of hand.

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redmccombSep. 15, 12 4:14 PM

Much of the problem is the city's incompetent legal team that loses just about any trial no matter how frivolous. Or settle for very large amounts. Ultimately it's the tax payers who pay the high salaries these attorneys make with no results or accountability.

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nonsuberSep. 16, 12 2:19 AM

Deal? Deal? This guy broke the law and in doing so put his tenants under stress and brought down his neighbors property values. It's about time the City, County, and State start looking out for homesteaders by enforcing these laws.

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thebratNov. 4, 12 1:20 AM

i lived in and worked in a block of his buildings and "slumlord" fits. he's manipulative, abusive and pays unqualified and to the best of my knowledge unlicensed people to do the work on the units. to be fair some things like the roaches were not of his negligence at least in our buildings. he did pay for exterminators upon request but we had tenants bringing in used furniture and the dumpsters are placed beside the buildings. some tenants didn't even prepare for scheduled fumigation causing units to become ground zero. he wasn't real big on putting money into the buildings though and did the least he could even as new managers would come and push him to do more. he gave them no choice but to take in some of the most unqualified tenants who brought disturbances, property damage, drugs and other illegal activity just to fill units because he was slow on repairs and remodels when necessary. we were lucky to get out and get our deposits in full.. helps to have a lot of knowledge if we had to go to court for it. there are good people working for that company but just to have a job they have to stop caring or it breaks them down till they have to quit.. one started drinking again at one point. all of this because one man is more worried about his hotel and casino investments in florida than he is about the responsibility he undertook in buying 40+ buildings in a city he doesn't even live in. i sincerely hope the city comes through for the remaining tenants because a lot are good people who had few options with the tight market and signed for an apartment that looked good in the beginning.

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