St. George (Schneider) and the B(l)arney LELA

July 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm 6 comments

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Sunday’s Chronicle Telegram has an in-depth look at George Schneider – found here

Cracking the code: Lorain landlord leads in violations, supports city’s anti-blight efforts
by Even Goodenow

Now George, whom I discussed at length on many posts on this blog and over the weekend post, may be a nice guy

BUT personally I believe this man is a “property hoarder” He cannot possibly keep up with the maintenance and the requirements of his properties. I believe he probably spends more time effort and money, along with his attorney Brent English, appealing the process.

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And as for the President of the LELA Bill Barney well maybe that is a misspelling – BLARNEY – would be a more appropriate moniker

ED NOTE: Who in their official capacity makes a statement defending one of his 450- members of the LELA for code violations not even having seen any of the properties in question? Oh! yes one with their own Lake Erie Landlords Association agenda – one of us so he has to be defended no matter what thinking!

Bill Barney, President of the Lake Erie Landlords Association, said he’s known Schneider since about 1993. Barney, who said the association has about 450 members, said Schneider is getting a bum rap.



Unlike Schneider, Barney said many landlords won’t rent to poor tenants. While conceding he hasn’t seen Schneider’s properties, Barney said he thinks city officials pick on Schneider because he’s an easy target “He’s a nice guy, and I’d like to see him treated better,” Barney said.

Well Mr. B(l)arney we would like to see the rest of us, who have to live with this nice guy’s properties and also some of the properties of your other members, treated better…….
Come on down Bill from your pink tinted castle and take a look in Lorain – I will personally give you a guided tour! No blarney!!!!!!…..

While conceding he hasn’t seen Schneider’s properties, Barney said he thinks city officials pick on Schneider because he’s an easy target”

And YOU Mr. B(l)arney are awarded (for your above statement) The THATWOMAN BLOG AWARD of the


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Brian  |  July 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    One thing that should be pointed out is that LELA is a county wide association. While it may represent over 350 members who invest and own property over the entire county, painting the entire association with a broad brush I think is unfair.

    While some of the members may invest heavily in Lorain, in other communities some members provides excellent transitional housing for new and younger residents that cannot afford to buy a new home at this time but still want to become part of those communities.

    New and younger residents that live in these other communities do so by choice. They rent there because it is close to their work, want their children to attend their schools, or because of the amenities that are located close by.

    Therefore, if your belief that everyone associated with LELA is a housing bastard, why is it in other communities they are providing a valuable service and in Lorain they are not?

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I didn’t paint them with a broad brush I just thought Mr. Barneys comment was ludicrous considering his defense of George was based on not having any information about that of which he spoke he is the President of the LELA therefore speaking on his memberships behalf and he made an uneducated and uniformed statement reflective upon his membership…….. sorry …

    Oh stop defending the LELA lobby they are quite able to defend themselves I didn’t say all landlords and rentals are bad just that we have a “glut of those ” that don’t give a damn ( and I have named in the past and will be continuing to do so in the future if their properties are great they will get the kudos but… I think they will be few and far between

    Oh and as an aside Brian whilst I have you my chimney still needs pointing ( BIG) 😉

  • 3. Mark Teleha  |  July 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Thought it was funny that the CT did a Schneider article after the series you’ve written, and years after the profile I did on him. Way to be so timely, CT. And no, George has no defense for the houses he has. And his “renting to poor people” probably has more to do with the fact they can’t afford anything else, and don’t qualify for aid.

  • 4. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 8, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I know Mark and nearly 5 years after your profile of him he has gone from 39 properties which I thought was ludicrous at the time to over 169…… can you credit it …… and he isn’t alone . funny though this POS has hit a nerve but I haven’t had any feedback on the nuisance laws………. 🙂

  • 5. Brian  |  July 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I am not defending LELA in my comment but pointing out that rental housing is necessary in every community because not every resident can afford or desires to own a home. Even in Shaker Heights rental housing, typically in regulated commercial structures, is a very important part of the diverse housing base of its residents.

    The reason why Shaker Heights has POS inspections is because they do not want the condition of their housing to decline below the housing standard that they already have, NOT TO MAKE THE STANDARD HIGHER.

    This is the problem I see with the POS ordinance as it is being presented. It is the wrong ordinance at the wrong time. What could be more effective? A housing provider licensing and registration program would address the rental market. A vacant structure and registration program would add accountability and provide funding to administer and assure maintenance to the structures that are empty and not being rented.

    There you go, two ordinances that effectively address everything that you want without undue stress to the residents that live in our city.


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