Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's Tough Being A Low Income Landlord…

Ron Writing Up A Violation And Getting Ready To Trespass on my property
Bad Boy Ron Trespassing as I call over to him, Not So Fast Ron!
Ron on my property yelling at me as I take my court pictures, nice guy he is.
Being a low income landlord is a tough job that is filled with drama. You've got to have thick skin to do it and the ability to fight back when you are verbally or even potentially physically attacked by deadbeat tenants or code enforcement.

The picture you see is a picture I took of the angry code enforcer, Ronald Dennis. Ron and I am like Fire and Water. He is the fire as you can see in the picture below.

I never meant for it to be that way. It just is. He apparently didn’t like me right off the bat when he told me that I can not paint a kitchen floor and I told him I have every right to and he will have to take me to court if he disagrees with me.

I could tell by his nasty anti landlord attitude that we were starting out on the wrong foot. He said, all you landlords care about is money. It’s all about money for you Dallas... Wow, interesting how he can judge me like that when he doesn’t even know me. Also interesting considering the fact that I have a valid rental exemption certificate on every rental unit I have even though I don’t even have to participate in the program according to the case between the American Civil Liberties Union and Chesterfield Virginia.

I also am a Section 8 landlord so I have a rental inspection done on all of my units from them as well. And I have insurance inspections...  EVERY property I own is completely up to snuff. As a matter of fact, as a result of all of the inspections I have, I have some of the nicest houses in the low income neighborhoods since owner occupied property is not held to the same standards.

What a nasty mean spirited man Ron is. That picture shows Ron actually walking on my property when he already knows that he is trespassing if he steps foot on it. The nerve he has. He saw me sitting on the retaining wall at my house next door and stopped his car to look over the other house. And actually had the nerve to walk on my property and post a violation after already being notified that he would be criminally trespassing. Who the heck does this guy think he is? And then to yell at me as you see in the picture above to top it off?

I have to back up a minute, you see, Ron is not allowed to step foot on any of my properties anywhere as he has been maliciously attacking me for a long time now and I can't continue to live with this continual harassment. He has gone way above and beyond the call of duty.  He doesn't like me or my contractor who also has rental property and has been attacking us since Joanne Ellis left the Code Enforcement department.

The final straw just before the actual final straw was when I had my guys making room in one of my storage facilities. I had to pull out a bunch of left behind tenant belongings so I could make room for those stoves that Dan and I got. I had a trailer full of stoves and had a few more to get before I could load the tenant stuff on the trailer and take it to the dump. Within an hour of moving stuff out Ron went after my guys questioning them what I was doing with the stuff and demanding that it not be left there as if they didn't already know that from his frequent attacks.

This had been a regular thing with Ron, weekly violations for what my tenants were doing. It didn’t take more than a few hours and Ron would be jumping all over any issue that he saw at any of my properties. I had definitely been singled out by Ron and was on his hit list.

So I called him up and told him that he needs to leave my guys alone and demanded that he never attack them again. If he has problems he needs to contact me, not them. He said like he usually does, you landlords are always complaining about everything and how much he was sick of it.

I’ve got news for you buddy, I know you are close to your retirement and impatiently waiting for the day you can leave and get your pension but you WILL treat me with respect when you are on my property or you will never step foot on it again which is what ended up having to happen.

The final blow from Ron was a few months ago when an SUV plowed into my contractors rental property. It literally broke through the wall, hit his tenant and spun her around breaking her back in 2 places and destroying her jaw. When the car hit the next wall and stopped, the guy who was driving it still had his foot on the gas. The tire was on the poor girls leg spinning at full speed and burning the meat off of it. Imagine being woken up like that. WOW. It also threw her boyfriend who works for my contractor up against the wall and as he said, slung a TV at him. Their little baby was in a crib just a couple feet away and fortunately was left unharmed.

As you can imagine, this was a very traumatic experience for the family. And within minutes Ron was on the scene. He boisterously pushed his way into the house and immediately started taking pictures for court. While saying  how happy he was that he FINALLY can get access to the property. After he left he went over to the Hardees across the street and was bragging to everyone in there about how happy he was that he got into that rooming house so he can finally condemn it. Little did he know, a friend of mines maintenance people were in there and heard the whole thing.

You can’t just go around running your mouth where ever you are Ron because I know a lot more people than you think.

Ron has not been allowed to access this legal rooming house as it has a valid rental exemption certificate and the tenants are aware of their rights. This made Ron real mad because it doesn’t work well for his power trip when he is told no.

Ron’s complete disregard for this poor family who had their life completely and permanently turned upside down within a matter of minutes was the defining moment when both me and my contractor made the decision that Ron will never again step foot on our properties.

I called down to the Code Enforcement Department to have a conversation with Ron’s boss who agreed with what I initially thought that this is not behavior that was considered acceptable or promoted by the department. I’m not sure what kind of disciplinary action was taken but it’s crystal clear to me that whatever it was, Ron could care less about it considering the fact that he continues to walk on my property even after knowing that he is forbidden to do so.

Landlords in general are fearful of the code enforcement department. One landlord asked me “What if you really make Ron mad by giving him a trespassing notice.” My answer to that is I could care less. I keep my property in good condition and always support safety in my rental units. And who cares if Ron is mad at me anyway? It’s clear that he already is going after me every chance he gets. So what would be the difference if I made him even more angry?

This last throw it in my face thing he did by criminally walking on my property right in front of me is outrageous. He saw an old big screen television on the front porch that the tenants took out there to make room for their new TV and didn’t want to put on the street because I have told them already that they can only put “bulk trash” on the street every other week the night before bulk is picked up. So they tried to follow the rules not realizing that you are not allowed to put a TV or anything else on your porch under any circumstance in Roanoke City. And within a few hours of it being put out there Ron Dennis is giving violations as he usually does on my properties.

I have a question for the code enforcement department. Do you think that this type of behavior coincides with the original intent of the city ordinances? To harass it’s citizens? I would say we all know the answer to that.

I am curious how the Code Enforcement Department will handle this situation? Will Ron Dennis be continued to be allowed to walk on my property and continue to violate my constitutional rights? Do you see it as a simple and reasonable request for Ron to stay off my property and if he wants to send me a love letter to do it through the mail? How about continuing my initial request to have another code enforcer that isn't busy or one of the other 2 enforcers in SE to go to my houses if there is a problem? I'm working on trying to develop a solution to ending my continual harassment from Ron. I think the Code Enforcement Department should work together with me on this issue and protect me from him.


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