A big conversation has opened up between neighbors apart of both the Government Hill and Mahncke Park neighborhoods. It's truly troublesome to read, as other parts of the Eastside neighborhoods started jumping into the conversation too. Slumlords?
A slumlord (or slum landlord) is a derogatory term for a landlord, generally an absentee landlord with more than one property, who attempts to maximize profit by minimizing spending on property maintenance, often in deteriorating neighborhoods.
Residents of these particular neighborhoods, and some other parts of our community, opened the conversation asking who to call, or who would listen. Neighborly acts of kindness started flooding the Nextdoor App (where this conversation was held) with some saying they have been paying rent every month while many things go un touched by the landlords. One resident has paid rent every month for 6 years and the 'slumlord' has not touched her house with a spec of paint nor fixed it up to where it is even pleasant to look at. In another instance an elderly man returned home to find that code compliance deemed the house unsafe and all utilities turned off. He paid his rent faithfully for two years each month and due to no care of the home by the owners what is supposed to happen to this renter? This elderly gentlemen? Neighbors tried to help but God called the elderly man home after a heart attack before they could help. This is sick and demented and needs to stop.
The question here is we see so many people trying to fix their own situations and trying to do it the right way by contacting landlords but to no avail the owners just want the check.
We understand needing the funds for the rent but shouldn't these owners be held to city codes or looked at as the real underlying problem to a lot of unsavory looking dwellings? This is definitely on the Councilman's agenda, as he is aware of the many pressing issues this presents.
There is no reason any person should come over to our community thinking "Oh, we can collect rent and not upkeep the structure of the property?" - NO you can't and you are the biggest eyesores on the Eastside owners- fix up the houses you own because we won't allow you to take advantage of the renters who uphold their end of the bargain when you walk to the bank each month.
This story is developing and will be continued after further updates.