North Adams landlord denied permits u...

North Adams landlord denied permits until taxes are paid

There are 73 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jun 5, 2008, titled North Adams landlord denied permits until taxes are paid. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Last week, William E. Meranti, city building inspector, responded to an anonymous call about work being done at a property owned by Charles "Rusty" Ransford on Union Street.

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Nelson Muntz

Christiansburg, VA

#1 Jun 5, 2008
Ha Ha
Edison

New York, NY

#2 Jun 5, 2008
Sounds pretty fishy to me.

Since: Mar 08

Clockville, NY

#3 Jun 5, 2008
I see this as nothing more then a personal attack on certain individuals.

The mayor has been feuding with Mr.Ransford and Mr.Deep for years using taxpayers dollars to do so.

For him to say he is not "picking" on Mr. Ransford is ridiculous.

The mayor knows about the eminent domain laws changing in 2005. Giving him even more "absolute" power,to do as he pleases.
Adul

Williamstown, MA

#4 Jun 5, 2008
Since the city doesn't have the money to fix them either, I would think it would be in the best interest of the city to give the landlord the permits if he is willing to do the work. Maybe permit one building and let him get that rented, then permit the next. The city is just making itself look stupid if they won't let the guy work on them and the city can't afford to fix the problem either.

Now they are biting their nose to spite their face in this prolonged pissing contest between the Mayor and landlord.
Afraid of Retaliation

Easthampton, MA

#5 Jun 5, 2008
Let me just tell you that Mr. Ransford does not have a good group of tenants. This man personifies the word slumlord. He does no background checks on any of his tenants and just takes in rents without paying any taxes. I, as a neighbor to one of his slums, have witnessed a stabbing, numerous fights, constant drinking and partying until all hours of the night, and numerous instances of what looks like drug dealing going on. I say that what Mr. Barret and what Mr. Meranti are doing is right on par with what should be done. This man has blighted enough neighborhoods in this community and it needs to stop. If the people paying $350 a month or less for rent and the Section 8 subsidized renters don't see it than they are probably part of the problem
Lemon Aide

Syracuse, NY

#6 Jun 5, 2008
I love small town dictators.
Berkshire

Springfield, MA

#7 Jun 5, 2008
How is it that one can get away with owing $232,787.41 in back taxes?
Would you get away with that at your bank or finance company? How about if you don't pay your auto loan....the repossess it!!!
I think the tax collectors for the whole of Berkshire County need to be reevaluated as to what their job is. I thought it was to "collect taxes". I know there is the same delinquent tax situation in Pittsfield.
What if you don't pay your excise tax? They take away your privilege to drive/register a car.
I think the Berkshire Eagle should do a county wide posting of all the delinquent real estate tax payers who are 2 or more pay periods behind. Maybe that would wake up these owners to pay up! I'm guessing that if they all paid like they are supposed to then the rest of us wouldn't have our taxes increase every year and our cities and towns would realize a much needed revenue.
These delinquents are a bunch of criminals!!!
North Adams

Easthampton, MA

#8 Jun 5, 2008
I have lived in North Adams all my life and for as long as i can remember Rusty has been labeled a "slumlord". But he is one of the few landlords where the "poor" can get an apartment. And as for his renting to not so good tenants, does anyone have an idea how hard it is to evict someone? For that one tenant they may be behind a thousand or so in back rent, it costs twice that for the landlord to bring them into court and have them evicted. I've actually seen Mr. Ransford in court tring to do so. In no way am I siding with Mr. Ransford but they do need to work with him. I think with all this hitting the media he may have had a wake up call. I think they should allow him the permits to fix and rent out so long as all the monies he does get in from those properties go straight to his back taxes. Give him at least a fighting chance. And this town if they are going to target him for his properties they NEED to target Mr. Deep for all his falling down properties. Tale a good look at apartment building on Union St that the foundation is unstable, the boilding is three stories high and the building is slowly colapsing and sliding down the hill. the porches are buckling, you can see the latice work bowing out from the pressure. And that is just one of his buildings.
Adul

Williamstown, MA

#9 Jun 5, 2008
Afraid of Retaliation wrote:
Let me just tell you that Mr. Ransford does not have a good group of tenants. This man personifies the word slumlord. He does no background checks on any of his tenants and just takes in rents without paying any taxes. I, as a neighbor to one of his slums, have witnessed a stabbing, numerous fights, constant drinking and partying until all hours of the night, and numerous instances of what looks like drug dealing going on. I say that what Mr. Barret and what Mr. Meranti are doing is right on par with what should be done. This man has blighted enough neighborhoods in this community and it needs to stop. If the people paying $350 a month or less for rent and the Section 8 subsidized renters don't see it than they are probably part of the problem
Do you know how to dial 911? It's not the landlord's job to police the neighborhood. If you see it, call it in.
dont retaliate

Clockville, NY

#10 Jun 5, 2008
if you dont like where you live move!! they probably dont want you as a neighbor either!!

Since: Mar 08

Clockville, NY

#11 Jun 5, 2008
Afraid of Retaliation wrote:
Let me just tell you that Mr. Ransford does not have a good group of tenants. This man personifies the word slumlord. He does no background checks on any of his tenants and just takes in rents without paying any taxes. I, as a neighbor to one of his slums, have witnessed a stabbing, numerous fights, constant drinking and partying until all hours of the night, and numerous instances of what looks like drug dealing going on. I say that what Mr. Barret and what Mr. Meranti are doing is right on par with what should be done. This man has blighted enough neighborhoods in this community and it needs to stop. If the people paying $350 a month or less for rent and the Section 8 subsidized renters don't see it than they are probably part of the problem
Well you definitely work for the city.

Your fearful of retaliation? From whom?

You got the "Da Man" on your side,no worries.

You use the "blight" word. Blight is a generic word for eminent domain. Anything can be considered blight. Look it up.

The issue here has nothing to do with blight.

It is a vicious attempt to hurt anyone who stands in the way of the "Da Man".
Edison

New York, NY

#12 Jun 5, 2008
When someone does not pay their taxes, everybody else ends up paying for them! Time to clamp down. It is way overdue. How can anyone owe so much? How can they get away with it?
Syck N Tyredd

Granby, MA

#13 Jun 5, 2008
Socialism pure and simple.

Began with urban "renewal". Continues with mayoral "vision" and "zoning". Will it end with the elimination of private ownership of property?

Is this contrived Catch 22 as unconstitutional as the annual rent we are forced to pay in order to continue "owning" property?

This divisive thread is yet one more diversion meant to distract from the very much more important issues.

Agendas which have far more import and much longer reach are being discussed here:

https://secure.gn.apc.org/members/www.bilderb...

http://www.bilderberg.org/2008.htm
slumlord

Norfolk, CT

#14 Jun 5, 2008
dont retaliate wrote:
if you dont like where you live move!! they probably dont want you as a neighbor either!!
Appartently you have never lived next door to any of Rusty's slum tenants. 911 has been dialed many times and the same things are said, "We can only do so much". When you are in the situation of living next door to many slum tenants and when you have to deal with our situations then maybe you have the right to speak up! He may be a nice man but there needs to be some justice to his mostly inhabitable housing apartments. I do, however, know the difference between poor people looking to have a nice home who actually work and support thier children, but we are talking about people who have no respect to their property, community, or their neighbors. These are the people Mr. Ransford is renting to!
ENOUGH ALREADY

Littleton, NH

#15 Jun 5, 2008
Enough is enough already. The defense of Mr Ransford's slums is simply ridiculous!! The people who are coming to the defense of Mr Ransford abviously do not live in, or near any of his "properties". As another neighbor of a Ransford slum who witnesses drug deals, fights, garbage galore, and so much more, I could not agree more with the city and "Afraid Of Retaliation".
The poor definitely need a place to live, but why do they have to live in and defend the slums Mr. Ransford operates? I think the working, and unemployed poor need, and in many cases deserve much better housing than the absolute dumps on foundations Mr Ransford calls homes.
What does Mr Ransford do....pay his tenants, or give rent breaks to come to his defense here in the paper? I truly don't know where those people live, but my god...how can anyone think his slums are Ok? I would not want animals to live in some of his buildings!!! This City needs to turn the corner, and if these are the ways to do that then all the power to the city!! Again...Enough is Enough! Shame on all of you that think his homes are OK!
8 is enough

Clockville, NY

#16 Jun 5, 2008
you're so much better than everyone else right? you are the scumlord

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Feb 08

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#17 Jun 5, 2008
Berkshire wrote:
How is it that one can get away with owing $232,787.41 in back taxes?
Would you get away with that at your bank or finance company? How about if you don't pay your auto loan....the repossess it!!!
I think the tax collectors for the whole of Berkshire County need to be reevaluated as to what their job is. I thought it was to "collect taxes". I know there is the same delinquent tax situation in Pittsfield.
What if you don't pay your excise tax? They take away your privilege to drive/register a car.
I think the Berkshire Eagle should do a county wide posting of all the delinquent real estate tax payers who are 2 or more pay periods behind. Maybe that would wake up these owners to pay up! I'm guessing that if they all paid like they are supposed to then the rest of us wouldn't have our taxes increase every year and our cities and towns would realize a much needed revenue.
These delinquents are a bunch of criminals!!!
Often times the properties in question are not worth the taxes due. If one executes a tax title taking, it takes the property off the tax roll, then the town has to sell it. We have a property like that now, if we take it, we also get the problems with the waste clean-up and asbestos clean up. The money to do that clean up is WELL outside the value of what we will get if we take the property and then try and sell it.

I suspect the same thing can be said for the properties in question, so far out of code and so "worthless" that in tax title taking you will end up losing money.
slumlord

Norfolk, CT

#18 Jun 5, 2008
takecare wrote:
I see this as nothing more then a personal attack on certain individuals.
The mayor has been feuding with Mr.Ransford and Mr.Deep for years using taxpayers dollars to do so.
For him to say he is not "picking" on Mr. Ransford is ridiculous.
The mayor knows about the eminent domain laws changing in 2005. Giving him even more "absolute" power,to do as he pleases.
Maybe it's time someoneto start "picking" on Mr. Ransford. This is not a new battle. Mr. Ransford has been in the paper numerous times for failure to upkeep his apartments, time has come for change. It is very easy to say "move" or "call 911" but apartently you have no idea the type of people that we live next to. Nothing can go in your yard (plants, bikes, etc) or they will come up missing or better yet-try getting a good night sleep. Night after night they are fighting in the streets, screaming curse words, throwing things into the street. The easy way out is not always the "easy" way out!!! It takes trying to sell your house, money to move, and at best finding another house in North Adams without another one of Rusty's neighbor. I am definitely not saying all of Rusty's tenants are slum but the ones next to us are and something needs to be done-quickly!

Since: Mar 08

Clockville, NY

#19 Jun 5, 2008
ENOUGH ALREADY wrote:
Enough is enough already. The defense of Mr Ransford's slums is simply ridiculous!! The people who are coming to the defense of Mr Ransford abviously do not live in, or near any of his "properties". As another neighbor of a Ransford slum who witnesses drug deals, fights, garbage galore, and so much more, I could not agree more with the city and "Afraid Of Retaliation".
The poor definitely need a place to live, but why do they have to live in and defend the slums Mr. Ransford operates? I think the working, and unemployed poor need, and in many cases deserve much better housing than the absolute dumps on foundations Mr Ransford calls homes.
What does Mr Ransford do....pay his tenants, or give rent breaks to come to his defense here in the paper? I truly don't know where those people live, but my god...how can anyone think his slums are Ok? I would not want animals to live in some of his buildings!!! This City needs to turn the corner, and if these are the ways to do that then all the power to the city!! Again...Enough is Enough! Shame on all of you that think his homes are OK!
This man gives $30.000 a month to this city.

That's chicken feed. You can get a lot more money if you sell to a developer.You could use all that money for your little "pet projects".

This is a personal attack against a person(in case you don't know the mayor does not like this man).

This has been happening for over 20 years(We taxpayers pay all court costs).

This is about greed and corruption,nothing more. The city should held accountable for their
actions.

I've said it before and I'll say it again(all landlords should file a civil suit against this city).

"Da man" is not going to stop until he
destroys whomever he chooses.
Fit to be tied

Clockville, NY

#20 Jun 5, 2008
OOOH Poor Mr. Ransford. Maybe if he paid a bill once in awhile he wouldn't be in this situation. You cannot be that far behind with your taxes without having told the city to screw themselves at least a couple of times. Maybe if he pulled his head out of his rectum he wouldn't have to cry in the paper. I don't feel sorry for him one bit.

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