LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
May 24, 2002
Ellenville, New York
To the Editor:
Local elected and salaried administrators are (inadvertently)
the direct cause of the deteriorization of private rental properties
via their enforcement of rules and regs working at cross purposes
when mutually invoked.
Dynamics of "Slum" Development
- 1. Tenant realizes they'll be falling behind in rent.
- 2. Canny tenant (having had same situation occur before)
purposely causes certain critical damages.
- 3. Hiding damages from property owner/manager, tenant notifies
local agencies either building department or Mrs. Kraft's
office of the damages.
- 4. When landlord (LL) goes to evict for nonpayment of rent,
court dismisses eviction because of disrepairs, items that LL
wasn't apprised of beforehand. (Local law disallows eviction
from premises in need of repairs!)
- 5. When LL attempts to make repairs, tenant obstructs (not
allowing entrance to apt., for example).
- 6. Even after LL manages to figure out the devious, nefarious
ploy and manages to fix the damages and initiates a new, 2nd
eviction process (which by itself takes a minimum of a full month),
at least 2 to 3 months have gone by without LL receiving any
rent at all; usually longer.
- 7. 2-3 month's lost rent is the same as 25% "vacancy
- 8. Such a major chunk removed from LL's revenue by local
rules & regs that he/she has no control over results inevitably
in LL's experiencing difficulty financing essential repairs,
much less cosmetic property-beautification (inessential) refurbishment-type
of externally visible upgrades.
- 9. Result: Of necessity properties cosmetic appearance
is compromised via vagaries of local rules & regs enforcement
by unwitting, elected and salaried administrators (not the LL's)!
- A. Local salaried & elected administrators be made aware
of these dynamics and adjured to compensate accordingly in what
they consider to be the proper performance of their duties so
that they do not effect a result opposite of that that they intended.
- B. School local administrative court personnel, both elected
judge(s) as well as salaried, as to what bare bones New York
State statutory and case law is regarding landlord-tenant relations
so that existing laws can be properly administered.
Please bring your attention to the fact that while the enforcement
of our local rules & regulations are the direct cause of this
property deteriorization process, our local elected and salaried
administrators are doing it only inadvertently, not intentionally,
none of them having had cognizance necessary for such overview.
Paul T. Johnson
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