Friday, April 27, 2012

A Hard Day Of Drinking Leads To Attempted Murder

So I decided to start doing some low income landlord reports from time to time. Maybe you will find them interesting. You now will have the ability to live vicariously through the eyes of an affordable housing specialist. Sometimes living vicariously can be better than actually being involved with it.

I purchased 13 units over in the Campbell and Chapman area of Roanoke City. Closed on them yesterday. So this afternoon I decided to go around and meet all 13 new tenants, give them my contact information and their new maintenance contact info and hopefully put a smile on everyone's face. I feel it is important to get started out on the right foot and make all of my residents happy.

I met a bunch of great people. Most of which I hope will stay. Good hard working people that are just trying to make a living.

So on to the next house and I pulled up to one on Chapman that was surrounded by the police. Detectives, forensics and lots of crime scene tape. This one is a triplex and all my new tenants were on the porch of the house next door that I also purchased which is a quad. The police cleared the entire house while they were investigating.

I was told that the girl tenant of mine in the triplex was drinking all day with a couple boyfriends. One of the boyfriends who was drunk and talking to the police said that he was in there and things were getting crazy so he left because he didn't want any part of it. He said some white girl came into the house screaming and that's when he went outside.

The tenants who were moved out of the house and were next door said that they heard a loud thud on the floor and they found that the female tenant pushed this guy down the stairs trying to murder him. Apparently he was pushed so hard that they did not hear bouncing down the staircase but rather one big hit on the bottom of the staircase.

The guy was found laying at the bottom of the stairs "looking like a pretzel".  They tried to wake him up but he wouldn't come to. Eventually he did. His jaw was broke and quite possibly his neck. They took him out on a stretcher to the emergency room and took the tenant to jail.

Poor guy. I sure wouldn't want to have a girlfriend like that.

So now I'm going to have to deal with this. I will not have people like that living in any house I own. Too much drama for me and quite possibly a safety issue for my surrounding tenants who all seem to be a great bunch of people.

So she's getting a 5 day notice to pay or quit promptly on the 1st of May and a 30 day notice to vacate along with that. I'm going to see if there is something I can do to speed this whole process up. The landlord tenant act says that if a tenant is a threat to the health or safety of the neighborhood, I have the right to some sort of quick hearing. I will have to see what I can do here because I haven't been down this road yet.


The following morning I got a call from 911. They told me that I need to hurry back down to that house because there is another problem. I got there and the place was full of cops again. They needed my permission to dust for fingerprints. It appears that one of the neighbors that knew that the girl is in jail climbed up on the back roof and broke a window. The police told me that this person or people stole her TV and walked out the front door. Unfortunately I don't have keys yet from the people I purchased it from so I had to have my contractor put a new lock on the front door and screw a board to the window so they couldn't get back in. What a pain in the you know what this apartment has been.

While I was there I also threw out this scrap piece of carpet that was at the bottom of the stairs that they guy bled out on. It was still wet and completely soaked with blood. Some of it congealed and looked a little like red jelly. Very nasty. I was told the guy is going to live.The officer said the only reason he made it is because he was drunk. Like those people who are drinking and driving where everyone dies but them. Being very flexible and loose saved his life.

I was also told by one of the residents there that when that girl came out in cuffs on Friday she was yelling "they going to lie on me". I get the impression that she was trying to act like the guy just fell down the stairs.


Ross Hart on April 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM said...

On this fact situation you can go to immediate eviction based on "Nonremedial breach" - 55-248.31C

Second sentence in 248.31C reads

"Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained elsewhere in this chapter, when a breach of the tenant's obligations under this chapter or the rental agreement involves or constitutes a criminal or a willful act, which is not remediable and which poses a threat to health or safety, the landlord may terminate the rental agreement immediately and proceed to obtain possession of the premises. "

In emergency evictions it's best to use your lawyer.

-- ross

Dallas ® on April 29, 2012 at 2:14 PM said...
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Dallas ® on April 29, 2012 at 2:17 PM said...

You're the man Ross. I was hoping you would read this post. Anyone who needs a good lawyer for a situation like this contact Ross Hart at 540-375-3281. Hart & Hart Attorneys.

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