Web site red-flags problem renters

Web site red-flags problem renters

There are 14 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Mar 3, 2008, titled Web site red-flags problem renters. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Shawn Parsons thought he had done his research. Before he offered a lease for his Fells Point home to a prospective tenant, he reviewed her credit and checked her references.

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Fed up in Towson

Towson, MD

#1 Mar 3, 2008
"Cornish, of Baltimore Neighborhoods, said tenants have more recourse when landlords take a dispute to court. "

Yeah, make the landlords spend EVEN MORE money on these destructive deadbeats. Don't want to end up on the web site? Pay your rent, and don't vandalize what's not yours. Simple. It's great to see people using the internet to help their community when the law fails them.
BaltimoreLandlor d

Ellicott City, MD

#2 Mar 3, 2008
First the Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. does NOTHING for landlords; it is strictly a tenant advocacy group. Second, why as a landlord do I have to pay to have information listed on the credit bureaus when the creditors can get the info free? All of this adds to expenses that are not retrievable from the debtor, but get passed on to the next tenant, increasing the cost of housing. If low cost housing is such an important issue, why aren't there any efforts to reduce the expense side for the property owners? If it cost me more to do business, it cost the tenants more to rent. Very simple economic principles.
kdogg36

Washington, DC

#3 Mar 3, 2008
Fed up in Towson wrote:
Yeah, make the landlords spend EVEN MORE money on these destructive deadbeats. Don't want to end up on the web site? Pay your rent, and don't vandalize what's not yours. Simple. It's great to see people using the internet to help their community when the law fails them.
I agree entirely with you. But I think the concern expressed here isn't for deadbeat renters themselves; it's that there's no effective process for people to challenge information posted there. Just like some renters are dishonest or incompetent, so are a few landlords, and they could post erroneous information on purpose or by accident.

I'd rather have this resource than not, but it's reasonable to point out any flaws it might have.
Michael_C

Baltimore, MD

#4 Mar 3, 2008
If they don't like it, complaining renters are free to start their own website to expose and talk about problem landlords.
kdogg36

Washington, DC

#5 Mar 3, 2008
Michael_C wrote:
If they don't like it, complaining renters are free to start their own website to expose and talk about problem landlords.
Sure, but the usefulness of the site discussed in the article is dependent on the accuracy of the information. It's not out of place to discuss any potential flaws while acknowledging its virtue.
ken baltimore

Baltimore, MD

#6 Mar 3, 2008
Fed up in Towson wrote:
"Cornish, of Baltimore Neighborhoods, said tenants have more recourse when landlords take a dispute to court. "
Yeah, make the landlords spend EVEN MORE money on these destructive deadbeats. Don't want to end up on the web site? Pay your rent, and don't vandalize what's not yours. Simple. It's great to see people using the internet to help their community when the law fails them.
But, the point of concern here is the potential for ABUSE of a site such as this, and not even by an actual landlord of a renter. How's this scenario? You, yourself happen to piss someone off who knows you are about to move (a business associate, an ex, a neighbor, etc.) and they post a bunch of lies about you on this site. You might be singing a different tune, eh? This site is set up to get paid subscriptions by LANDLORDS- you must pay to Acess it- but Anyone can post a complaint- no charge. Get it?
Lenora

Chesterfield, MO

#7 Mar 3, 2008
There are both bad landlords & bad tenants. Both needs to be identified on bad list. My past experience with landlords were if it's things are not repaired before you move in, then it will never be repaired. Honest tenants don't want to spend unneccessary time from work in renters court.Credit reports tells alot about people & that should not be a tough decision making.
Bryan Taylor

Baltimore, MD

#8 Mar 3, 2008
This website sounds great, except one of these landlords is going to be sued for libel when they post something simply don't like a tenant. Landlords are not always the victims. I resent the tone of the article that landlords are the only victims. Quite often it's the contrary. I recall a neighbor's tenement slum, owned by a city employee, where he allowed crack dealers to use the place as a storefront and at one point allowed two feet of sewage to accumulate in the basement due to a crack in the soil pipe. The tenants who could, moved, the ones who couldn't remained to suffer the consequences. If they had been a bit smarter or called a good attorney, they could have won considerable compensation in court. And deserved it.

Again, this website will be ended when landlords get sued and realize they cannot post derogatory information about people without responsibility and consequences. I suggest they be very careful or simply not use such a site.

Bryan Taylor
Baltimore City
Ronnie G

Fraser, MI

#9 Mar 3, 2008
Bryan,

How can Landlords get sued if the information about the tenant is correct. I've sat in the courtroom trying to evict a tenant. The tenant have all the rights. Why should I pay their rent for them. Most landlords have mortgages to pay and sometimes depend on the tenant paying their rent. And what about after they are evicted and steals from your prpoerty.
LILY

AOL

#10 Mar 3, 2008
I had A tenant from HELL Vandalized =the house and yard gave me bad checks she got evicted /i sat in court 4 times ( 2 no show) from her never got a dime got my house back i could have cryed it was a mess had 2 sell
Steev

Baltimore, MD

#11 Mar 3, 2008
I agree that in Baltimore City, tenants have all the rights. It's tough to succeed as an ethical landlord. I agree that there are problems with self-reporting by landlords (or tenants) without any verification and/or anonymity.
They should make it easier to report neg info to credit agencies. That would benefit just about everyone.(well, except for people who don't pay their bills, contractors who fix the damaged houses, home depot, and lawyers) More accurate credit reports lower costs for society. Banks reduce exposure to risky loans. Less evictions tying up the court system. Lower costs for landlords might lower overall rents. The best thing you can do to evaluate a tenant is to surprise visit them at the place they are living now. However their current place looks now, your place will look like that in a matter of a few weeks or months.
Wise Man

Leonardtown, MD

#12 Mar 4, 2008
I have no pity on all you accidental landlords that used no-doc loans and other unsavory means to amass your little real estate empires. You didn't mind telling lies (yeah, I make 300g per year) to buy these houses, but you get upset with tenants that have the same morals as you do.
Stephanie Sawchenko

Lusby, MD

#13 Mar 4, 2008
This is BS! Being a landlord is the easiest way to run a business with zero competitiveness, zero customer support, and downright negligence. I cant think of any better way to make a profit from outright lying to the public. The last demographic that needs help getting business are rental landlords. They ought to have more regulation, not more opportunities for discriminations. As if a security deposit wasn't enough. Please.
DISGRUNTLED IN OVERLEA

United States

#14 Mar 6, 2008
I find the concept of a website for landlords favorable. Yes, there are flaws as there are with most things.(We recently had to evict a tenant which took 3 months of court, time and money,and: here's the best, a rescheduling of the sheriff's eviction date to a later date due to inclement weather. I tell you the truth, it was simply overcast and didn't rain a drop that day.) I don't need a website for the purpose of verbally flagellating a former tenant. I have court docket case numbers, dates, judgements, etc., that are all a matter of public record to post that will speak to that. So, in closing, how about if the prospective tenant screens the landlord if they are concerned about deadbeat landlords?(Oh, yeah! BNI does favor the tenant but so does the court system.)

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