City To Act Against Slumlord After NB...

City To Act Against Slumlord After NBC10 Gets Tenant Gripes

There are 29 comments on the NBC 10 Philadelphia story from Jul 15, 2008, titled City To Act Against Slumlord After NBC10 Gets Tenant Gripes. In it, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that:

The city of Philadelphia said it plans to take legal action against a landlord after tenants complain to the NBC 10 Investigators.

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Jackie johnson

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Jul 15, 2008
I am truly outraged that there are people who have utilities cut off due to their failure to make a one or two payments,despite a record of trying to remain current, yet this landlord is allowed to be $50, 000 in the arrears for a water bill. And now that this situation has been brought to the attention of Channel 10, L & I is finally considering action. In view of the numerous complaints and citations, why aren't slumlords held to the same rules and consequences as individuals who are struggling with our economy. A typical homeowner can be penalized with the loss of services due to comparatively minor amounts owed, and yet those who affect the lives of many tenants are given every opportunity and time allowances to get their affairs in order. No wonder our city continues to drop in population and credibility. Why such deference to landlords who defy the laws? And why such a lack of accountability by those who should be keeping track of all of these records and holding all responsible in a more fair, equitable manner?
Unacceptable.
Louella Cushman

Allentown, PA

#2 Jul 15, 2008
I can relate to this story. I live in Allentown and it has been like pulling teeth to get someone from my landlords office to spray my apartment. Before I moved in I was told that the apartment would be sprayed monthly (I have been here almost 6 months) no one has ever sporayed yet. I have contacted the landlords office a few times and still no one comes. I have a 13 month old daughter and the roaches are all over in every room and multiplying faster than I can count them. I am disgusted with all the "bugs" and the lack of communication from my landlords office.
seriously

Denver, CO

#3 Jul 16, 2008
Louella - I wouold NOT have even moved into a place that even 'requires' monthly spraying. That is just plain disgusting. It may not be the landlords responsibility to spray the apartment either. Does anyone know the laws pertaining to that?
karin

Rahway, NJ

#4 Jul 16, 2008
seriously wrote:
Louella - I wouold NOT have even moved into a place that even 'requires' monthly spraying. That is just plain disgusting. It may not be the landlords responsibility to spray the apartment either. Does anyone know the laws pertaining to that?
Any place that has apartments should be sprayed once a month, even if you do not see a reason, roaches can come home in shopping bags etc.
karin

Rahway, NJ

#5 Jul 16, 2008
Louella Cushman wrote:
I can relate to this story. I live in Allentown and it has been like pulling teeth to get someone from my landlords office to spray my apartment. Before I moved in I was told that the apartment would be sprayed monthly (I have been here almost 6 months) no one has ever sporayed yet. I have contacted the landlords office a few times and still no one comes. I have a 13 month old daughter and the roaches are all over in every room and multiplying faster than I can count them. I am disgusted with all the "bugs" and the lack of communication from my landlords office.
Louella, get some home defense. I didn't have roaches, I had some long things with lots of legs. But reading the bottle does say it covers roaches too, and lots of other bugs. This stuff is maybe 10 bucks for the biggest bottle. Spray it all around the edges of your apartment. I consulted a professional exterminator because I have small children too. It is safe once it has dried. You spray it evenly on all your baseboards and in the cabinets in the kitchen and anywhere else you see the roaches. Now, this is really gross and don't ask me how I know this but growing up in Ny has something to do with it.
Don't sweep up the dead roaches. Roaches eat dead roaches. So when you see a dead one, sweep it under something.(oven, fridge,somewhere you can't see!) For every one roach that you poison and leave somewhere for other roaches to get to it, it will kill 40 roaches. It will take about a week but you will see less and less and less. Even if your neighbors don't spray their homes the roaches will not cross the home defense that you have sprayed. I haven't seen an ant or spider since I sprayed my home with this stuff. Good Luck!
Saveur

United States

#6 Jul 16, 2008
The article states the 2 sisters rented based on pictures they saw online of a beautiful apartment. Once they saw how it really looked why did they even bother to move in? Folks have plenty of avenues against slumlords. Start with a verbal complaint, follow it up with a written one if the problem isn't resolved within a reasonable amount of time. If the written complaint goes unresolved, open an escrow account at a bank and send written notice to whomever the rent is sent to and let them know this what was done and that the rent will continue to be held in escrow until the complaint is resolved. That way a landlord cannot try and evict or take to lanlord/tenant court for non-payment of rent.
Mike

Pittsburgh, PA

#7 Jul 16, 2008
I see a house that people live in but do not care enough to take care of it.The fire alarm not working is cause for concern I agree but all the other stuff is things the people should take care of...like picking up the trash they dropped.I think a good indicator is the fact that they chose to write grandmoms address on the window sill.Com e on people take responsibilty for your mess.If you spent a bunch of cash on repairs only to see it treated this way what would you do ????
Redneck

East New Market, MD

#8 Jul 16, 2008
Listen to Obama.....take responsibility for your actions/mistakes. I bet the place was in pretty good shape before the tenants destroyed it.
Redneck

East New Market, MD

#9 Jul 16, 2008
Louella Cushman wrote:
I can relate to this story. I live in Allentown and it has been like pulling teeth to get someone from my landlords office to spray my apartment. Before I moved in I was told that the apartment would be sprayed monthly (I have been here almost 6 months) no one has ever sporayed yet. I have contacted the landlords office a few times and still no one comes. I have a 13 month old daughter and the roaches are all over in every room and multiplying faster than I can count them. I am disgusted with all the "bugs" and the lack of communication from my landlords office.
IT IS CALLED RAID! They sell it it everywhere.....buy a can, use it.
The Truth

Durham, NC

#10 Jul 16, 2008
Neighborhoods, apartment complexes, etc start off as nice places to live, but then what causes them to deteriorate -- usually it's the low-lifes that live there. The truth is, the no one want to take responsibility, rather it's easy to look to or blame someone else. If something needs fixing in my house, guess what -- I fix it. If there are bugs crawling around, I spray to kill them. Like most people, I've seen decent neigborhoods, turn into ghettos in just a few years -- because of the types of people that now live there. Don't live like an animal, and you won't feel like you're living in a zoo...
Gimme Shelter

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Jul 16, 2008
If these problems were already there,they shouldn't have moved in and then cry about it later. I saw the story on the news and some of the issues looked like they were pre-existing. The bathroom door and missing household hardware should have been a tip off....It's like getting a mortgage you can't afford then cry when the house gets repossessed.
utleysaideffu

Hillsborough, NJ

#12 Jul 16, 2008
When I saw this headline, I thought for sure it was my ex Ron since he now owns low income housing. As far as this guy goes, book smarts do not equal common sense.
mike

Philadelphia, PA

#13 Jul 16, 2008
Redneck wrote:
<quoted text>
IT IS CALLED RAID! They sell it it everywhere.....buy a can, use it.
spray redneck while you're at it - this clown bugs the crap out of me.
joey

Philadelphia, PA

#14 Jul 16, 2008
The Truth wrote:
Neighborhoods, apartment complexes, etc start off as nice places to live, but then what causes them to deteriorate -- usually it's the low-lifes that live there. The truth is, the no one want to take responsibility, rather it's easy to look to or blame someone else. If something needs fixing in my house, guess what -- I fix it. If there are bugs crawling around, I spray to kill them. Like most people, I've seen decent neigborhoods, turn into ghettos in just a few years -- because of the types of people that now live there. Don't live like an animal, and you won't feel like you're living in a zoo...
spoken like someone with enough money, resources, and options to remain comfortable.

and why would anyone pay for repairs in an APARTMENT? that's the landlord's job.
Redneck

East New Market, MD

#15 Jul 16, 2008
Glad I could help Mike! Now get back to your job. Your boss is not happy with your spending time on the net rather than working. Don't forget to pick up the raid on the way home......
Loren

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Jul 16, 2008
Sounds like a bunch of whiney bitchy tenants who want to end their lease early and get their security back, so they could go buy some crack cocaine.
jeffy

Philadelphia, PA

#17 Jul 16, 2008
Loren wrote:
Sounds like a bunch of whiney bitchy tenants who want to end their lease early and get their security back, so they could go buy some crack cocaine.
really? ok. sounds to me like one of the hundreds of absentee slumlords in philadelphia making life unbearable for hardworking people who don't have the necessary means to just pick up and move without getting their security deposit back.
JRH

Harleysville, PA

#18 Jul 16, 2008
Owners/Landlords & if applicable, The Management Company are bound to Certain Duties & Responsibilities to the Tenants. On the other Hand, Tenants should have some Pride in what they rent. Tenants: Read your Lease carefully before signing anything. As far as this Situation goes, How could People be so gullible as to a Web-Site Posting showing a Picture( that could have been easiy printed from A "Better Homes & Gardens" Magazine. This Story sounds so much like a Previous incident of a few weeks agoinvolving a Woman who saw a Home on The Owners Web-Site Any "Poster" remember???
JRH

Harleysville, PA

#19 Jul 16, 2008
Gimme Shelter wrote:
If these problems were already there,they shouldn't have moved in and then cry about it later. I saw the story on the news and some of the issues looked like they were pre-existing. The bathroom door and missing household hardware should have been a tip off....It's like getting a mortgage you can't afford then cry when the house gets repossessed.
Just Maybe when the tenants saw the Unit, they had asked for it to be fixed before they moved in and the Owner just shut them up and said "Ok we'll fix it" just to get a renter. But the problem with that, the interested tenant should take notes & document their Conversations with the Owner. VIP!! Always request it in Writing. You have more "to fall back on"
Gimme Shelter

Philadelphia, PA

#20 Jul 16, 2008
Your right. It's called "let the buyer beware". Buying/renting somthing sight unseen is just asking to be taken advantage of and just plain stupid. Ever heard of P. T. Barnum ?

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