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Keep pressure on Schenectady's scofflaw landlords

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If Schenectady landlords were a generally responsive bunch, there’d probably be little need for the apartment inspection program the city instituted decades ago. But the program was needed to address code violations the landlords ignored, and now it needs the compliance crackdown the city is threatening because, for decades, the program itself has been ignored. City officials need to carry out their threat, or Schenectady’s rental housing stock will continue to decline and the attitude ...

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May 4, 2013
8:29 a.m.

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These land lords have to stop buying nice property and destroying it. The tenants ,(on welfare), all deserve a nice place to live. The land lords should cut their grass, shovel the side walks, take out the garbage and repair any damage the tenants accidentally make to broken windows, holes in walls and from their poor kids marking up walls and smashing appliances etc.
If any poor tenants should sell a little weed or drugs to make ends meet; the land lord should bail them out and pay all the fines for not reporting them. As any home built prior to 1978 has lead in the paint, the land lord needs to watch the kids and make sure they don't munch on the tasty trim. Since tenants have no income and don't buy the required renters insurance; the land lord needs to be responsible for that cute pit bull, also check the smoke detectors monthly to make sure the batteries are still there and be sure the tenants don't smoke in bed.
Going to be a little tough as there is a law against choosing to rent to tenants for just about every conceivable reason by the land lord and that the tenants can refuse entry to their apartments that they now 'own' under the lease laws.
Putting a tenant on a land lord list of who has been a problem tenant is unlawful.
Wanna buy some rental property in Schenectady??

May 5, 2013
7:58 p.m.

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These absentee landlords give a bad name to all of us landlords who are the decent ones and who keep their properties up to date so the city should go after these bums first before they start harassing the decent people.