For Rent One City- Who dictates the health of your neighborhood?
Photo Source- Morning Journal- Michael Allen Blair
The other day media reports touched off a plethora of comments with regard to holding accountable the actions of a “mother” who lived in squalor, filth and endangered her children by exposing them to all sorts of situations which would disgust even the most jaded among us.
7 filthy kids found in dirty home, Lorain police arrest mother, 28
Some comments on the articles called for drastic measures, some of these were literally over the top BUT it showed the frustration of people-
The usually silent majority of society in Lorain want accountability for this deplorable situation
Generally we, as a society, want children to be safe and protected as they can’t fend for themselves.
As I read of the little one who had been in its own excrement for 4 days – I just felt like throttling the mother or “family” myself…… Can you imagine the heat,the stench, the sores on a little body that come from such a lifestyle, the disease, the flies , and vermin that permeated through that dwelling – what degradation these little ones were exposed to as such a tender age.
It doesn’t bear thinking about . We aren’t living in a third world country or are we? What has happened to Lorain? And what has happened to follow through from Children’s Services- these living conditions should have been reported and steps taken.
Some comments were quick to hold the landlord responsible in this case KTS Enterprise for the living conditions and the argument raised by others ( probably landlords :)
the landlord can’t be held responsible for what his tenants do in “their homes’ it is after all their home as long as they pay rent.
Ok! I see the point however- the “business rentals” in this town are “BIG business” for some.
My question to this particular landlord Kent Sutton- of Sutton Rentals, KTS Enterprises and Kent Sutton ( property owner) since you are in the business of rentals- and also to others like you
Do You check the background of your prospective renters? I would think that would be part of good business practice- don’t you ?
Had you checked, even on-line, through the court records you would have found this particular mother was not squeaky clean-
Did she have an income? needed to pay for the rent and utilities?
Are we the taxpayer somehow liable for this rent- is any of our tax money going to enable this situation in “your property?”
Are all your properties certified as free from lead?
Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act was enacted in 1992. This law is commonly known as Title X (Ten). Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations implementing Title X apply to rental property built before 1978.
I am sure you have since you are in the “business” of rentals taken care of that paperwork- after all it would be important to your business to make sure all the paperwork is done correctly – otherwise it could cost you money -just as poor decisions in the rental businesses are costing the City of Lorain money.
The landlord must also give every tenant the EPA pamphlet, “Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home,” or a state-approved version of this pamphlet.
A landlord who fails to comply with EPA regulations faces penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation. And a landlord who is found liable for tenant injuries from lead may have to pay three times what the tenant suffered in damages.
Was this done?
Did you not advise this Ms. Perez that maybe your TWO bedroom rental would not be a healthy situation for 7 children
Or was that none of your “business” either- after all how she lives and causes young children to live is none of your business legally – how about morally?
Photo Source Morning Journal
She said she has seen a woman sit on the front of the porch before and she believes it is a tenant. She said she also has seen a man come out of the house with trash bags to put in a trash container, but he never bothered to get rid of the trash on the lawn.
How about 100 percent Garbage pick-up in Lorain so we don’t have to keep having the situation on Apple Avenue- do the Business rental CEO’s and LELA favor such an ordinance -
We all suffer through your “business decisions”
So yes , I am personally holding your “business” somewhat culpable for this situation on 1714 Long and other situations (eg. criminal element renters- can you say background check) that have happened with your “product” and others of your ilk – morally at the very least.
You see Mr. Sutton, it was your own words, stating how you consider rentals a business ( and you are one of the largest in Lorain with your different “enterprises)
You said in the Morning Journal newspaper
We simply assure housing providers that they are running a business not like any other business,” Sutton said.
and you went on to say :
“The housing should be kept up to some condition of the neighborhood.”
Now my question is WHO determines the condition of the neighborhood.
Well, to that end I did just a very quick brief property search on the Lorain County Auditors site on your “ownership of rentals” and that of George Schneider ( even larger than you )
what I found just quickly looking that you both tend to “cluster” on certain streets.
How about 17th Street for instance
Kent Sutton- 338,842,1030,843,839,1142, 833
George Schneider – 206,515,223,219,1020,1018, 1403
Just YOU TWO own- 14 properties in that 17th street neighborhood
Lets us look at 18th Street:
Kent Sutton- 613,930,1009,837,707.1333.608.1031
George Schneider- 502,511,409,1017, 703 and a lot or two?
Another 13 properties
Kent Sutton -119,129,201.206,2500,207.215.118,120,200,214,124,1729
George Schneider – 1774, 922
But never mind you have poor old George beat on that street 13 to 2 – what is a few thousand more or less –
Mind you , he has pulled way ahead on some other streets. And I have to wonder if I searched by addresses how many other “business rentals” I would find on those same streets determining the “condition” of the neighborhood
In answer to my question – who is dictating the conditions of the neighborhoods being used as the bar set by LELA and you
The housing should be kept up to some condition of the neighborhood.
– THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF RENTALS
ED NOTE: The photos and information are from the Lorain County Auditor’s site and were chosen randomly from the many hundreds of homes listed to the above named landlords.
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