The Nuisance and Point of Sale Ordinance- Lorain
I am posting the letter and information I have sent to the members of Lorain city council – You know the “landlords and realtors will be out in force on Monday – the letter is self explanatory and all documentation is available-
City of Lorain,
Members of Lorain City Council June 30th, 2013
Dear Mayor Ritenauer and members of Lorain City Council,
RE: Point of Sale and Nuisance Property Ordinances
I am writing to you today to give you my perspective of the Point of Sale ordinance and the Nuisance Ordinance you will be discussing , from one who has tried to make the city of Lorain a welcoming place, especially in the 44052 zip code.
In 2005/6 the then Lorain Neighborhood Watch Council , a collaboration of area block watches worked diligently with then Law Director Mark Provenza , Chief Rivera and many other law enforcement and safety service agencies to draft a “nuisance ordinance”.
The ordinance was welcomed by the police and fire committee at that time and was sent back to Safety / Service Director Craig Miller and Mayor Foltin to be “tweaked”. It died a death on the desks on the 7th floor. Why? Because a plethora of landlords at the time, some of whom will appear before you again on July the 8th, objected strongly and loudly.
Around the same time period a “point of sale “ ordinance was also introduced , this time the council chambers was packed with realtors , stating “you won’t be able to sell any property in Lorain etc.”
This too died a death.
Now, 7 years later, we are once again having a nuisance and point of sale ordinance brought before Lorain City Council. I have over the previous week researched who “owns” Lorain, what LLC’s, how many properties and sellable Lorain.
In the 7 years since the ordinances died their deaths, my property value has gone down, I couldn’t sell my house worth $84,000 in 2002 for what I paid for it in 1973 – $22,000. I would get more out of stripping it and selling it for its architectural details. Houses on my block are selling for $10,000 dollars, less than a used car.
Due to the fact there has never been a point of sale inspection done, the property next door to me which changed hands 6 times in the time I have lived here, slowly was bastardized , rented, abused and neglected until the city had to demolish it in 2012.
Don’t take my word for it the Lorain County Auditor then Mark Stewart ) in 2009 gave a “Triennial Update” of property values :
(PDF Files upon request)
District 42- which is the Lorain City School District- at that time from 2006 lost 9.95 % the City of Lorain lost -2% to the top end of 16% (the older neighborhoods)
Lorain lost a further 12.8 % in those three years and a projected $505,203.00 loss in 2013.
(All documentation available)
Therefore, if my math is correct, since the last time council chambers was filled with “the businesses of property” we have a combined loss of 22.3%
I would surmise Lorain hasn’t been successful in the “real estate” market without a point of sale. In fact, if my block and buildings on Broadway are anything to go by,
NOT having a point of sale inspection has in fact caused a blight of epidemic proportions in our older neighborhoods.
You will have any number of ‘property owners and the “business of landlords” reaching out to you as they did before. I would ask you to remember- they are “businesses, and should be considered as such. As one of the largest property owners, residing in Amherst, stated exactly one year ago in the Morning Journal
We simply assure housing providers that they are running a business not like any other business,” Sutton said.:“The housing should be kept up to some condition of the neighborhood.”
Part of the reason our property values are going down is the “health and condition of the neighborhood”
Sampling of just SOME of the owners/ landlords who have had issues with their properties making the print media in the last year for criminal /adverse societal activities.
PROPERTY OWNERS AND NUMBER OF PROPERTIES OWNED
GEORGE SCHNEIDER = (Under his own name) = 164
G AND S PROPERTIES = (INCLUDING Jay Metals 1965 E 28th) 3
Also affiliated with
FGSK PROPERTIES (inc Gustav AND Anna Krause) = 19
GUSTAV KRAUSE = 12
ANNA KRAUSE = 6
TOTAL PROPERTIES FOR THIS GROUPING = 275
ED Note- You can find the linkage in this post http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/who-holds-the-key-george-schneider-david-carter-gustav-krause/
DEAN HUNKER ( AMHERST) – LANDLORD LEASING -IS ALSO-
BELLA VILLAS LLC 3
BETTER HOMES INVESTMENTS LLC 25
BRADEN CAPITAL LLC 14
CROSSROADS LLC 13
GRAND HARBOUR HOLDINGS LLC 8
JCA FUITION REALTY 3
SELECT RESIDENTIAL LLC 20
WILLOW CREEK INVESTMENTS LLC 22
MIDCITY RESIDENTIAL INVESTMENTS 29
JCA PROPERTY 2
TOTAL PROPERTIES UNDER DEAN HUNKER LLC’S = 139
KENT SUTTON (AMHERST) 19
KTS LLC 77
SUTTON RENTALS 46
TOTAL PROPERTIES FOR KENT SUTTON AND CO =142
DEBORAH AND JOSEPH AKIN – NORTH RIDGEVILLE
TOTAL PROPERTIES FOR AKIN = 47
JASON E DAVIS AND GINA )- DAVIS PROPETY RENTALS – GRAFTON
TOTAL PROPERTIES FOR DAVIs = 31
LEWIS STRNAD – deceased –without a will- properties not being well managed
TOTAL PROPERTIES FOR STRNAD = 47
*****All data gathered from the Lorain County Auditors site June 29th 2013 and print media archives
** All data gathered from Lorain County Auditors site, Ohio Secretary of State June 29th 2013 “Clarification” the only LLC shown below are those that are not under known names – such as Spitzer, Veard, religious communities, funeral homes etc.
The number of LLC’s tracked totaled “197” OWNING PROPERTY IN LORAIN.
THEY OWN APPROXIMATELY 2,289 PROPERTIES / PARCELS BETWEEN THEM
” 193” TRACKED BACK TO “OWNER PLACE OF RESIDENCE”
“146” OUTSIDE LORAIN LLC. ETC OR “75.64 %” percent of ownership is outside Lorain
47 LORAIN OWNED LLC ETC. or 24.35 %
******Breakdown is as follows (OUTSIDE OWNERSHIP) PROPERTIES CAN RANGE FROM 1 PARCEL TO over 100 AT THE TOP END)
AMHERST = 30 REG. LLC = 15.5 %
ELYRIA = 12 REG. LLC = 6.2 5%
WESTLAKE = 11 REG. LLC = 5.7%
AVON = 10 REG. LLC = 5.2 %
AVON LAKE =7 REG.LLC= 3.6 %
NORTH RIDGEVILLE = 7 REG.LLC=3.6 %
SHEFFILED LAKE/VILLAGE= 6 REG.LLC= 3.1%
CLEVELAND = 5 REG.LLC= 2.5%
VERMILION = 5 REG.LLC =2.5%
COLUMBUS = 3 REG.LLC = 1.55%
CALIFORNIA= 3 REG.LLC= 1.55% NOTE AT LEAST ONE CALIFORNIA OWNER HAS 58 PROPERTIES
PENNSYLVANIA= 3 REG.LLC = 1.55%
HURON- 2 REG.LLC = 1.03 %
WELLINGTON= 2 REG.LLC = 1.03%
LAKEWOOD= 2 REG LLC. = 1.03 %
FLORIDA = 2 REG.LLC= 1.03%
BEECHWOOD= 2 REG LLC= 1.03%
NORTH OLMSTEAD = 2 REG.LLC = 1.03%
MEDINA= 2 REG.LLC = 1.03%
GRAFTON= 2 REG.LLC = 1.035
AURORA= 2 REG.LLC= 1.03%
BAYVILLAGE= 2 REG.LLC= 1.03%
CANADA = 2 REG. LLC =1.03% (NOTE: ONE IS FOR A TRAILER PARK)
BRECKSVILLE, COLORADO, TEXAS, AKRON, ARIZONA , TOLEDO, KENT, UNION TOWN, CHAGRIN FALLS, MARSHALVILLE, ROCKY RIVER, MILAN, NORTH ROYALTON, AKEMAN, CHAGRIN FALLS, NEWARK OH, LICHFIELD , STONGSVILLE, SEVEN HILLS, BRUNSWICK , ST. MARY’S, OBERLIN 1 REG LLC
As you can see, there is a reason the council chambers will be packed- property is big business and a business that is “polluting”, in my opinion, the “condition of the neighborhood.” I am not painting all rentals and landlords with the same “dirty brush” but there are enough of them who do the “minimum” affecting this community in a very negative way.
My home, being 87 years old, would probably not meet a point of sale inspection, but I welcome the ordinance. I too, am on a fixed income and AARP tells me I am now a senior citizen.
I have seen the nuisance calls to the police week after week with having Lorain’s oldest “crime watch community”, when they would be better employed elsewhere, hopefully in a proactive role, this is not a luxury they now have. We have experienced the dangers of abandoned property fires, drug deals and assaults. We have gone past the tipping point in Lorain – we need “accountability in Lorain or at the next Triennial Evaluation only part of Lorain will even have a percentage.
Thank you for your time and patience, I will be at the meeting but I could not get all this information in in my “three minute” time limit. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. I remain:
Loraine Ritchey resident)
ED NOTE since I wrote this letter on Monday last- one more LLC was found, due to a RSO living in one of the properties so please add one more to the LLC and one more to out of town and also to CALIFORNIA!!!! am I dreaming or is this a nightmare????
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