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For tenants and landlords, knowledge is power

Run down and neglected...you nailed it..here's a letter from the city to horvath. Available at the city's website. Read Treni's narrative, the city that went out to the house. There's even photos of the house falling apart. http://www.lawrenceks.org/planning/De...

August 25, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

For tenants and landlords, knowledge is power

"Pretty regularly..." except that he has never once checked on his properties. If he did he would find notice of foreclosure taped to the windows...as he no longer even owns the properties.

August 25, 2013 at 10:09 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

For tenants and landlords, knowledge is power

I'm not sure that we should be looking to Paul Horvath as the authority or representative of landlords/property managers here in Lawrence. As someone who has had the majority of his properties taken back by the bank in foreclosure and currently owes back taxes on the few remaining properties he has. I used to live on a block with two of his properties--historic homes that he let fall in to such a state of disrepair that they were taken back by the bank, sold at bottom dollar and required to be gutted and rehabbed. He never mowed the lawn, he didn't shovel snow, and had animals living in the soffits of the house. The bathrooms had mold, the floor joists were eaten by termites. This isn't unique to just one of his properties. Ask around town and everyone has their Horvath nightmare to share...I'd suggest the ljworld find a better rep for landlords in the future. I now own a couple of properties and am certainly not up in arms about an inspection every three years. I'd welcome the city to ensure that I'm providing clean, safe, and code-abiding homes to my tenants--as every tenant deserves. I can attest that it should not be hard to provide excellent housing, maintaining properties to excellent standards and still profit--it simply requires foresight to save a bit of that profit for maintanence and repairs. Slightly lower profit, but everyone wins. In the case of Horvath's model it seems everyone loses, his tenants, the neighborhood, the city, and eventually even citi bank lenders and himself.

August 25, 2013 at 10:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )