I'm happy to see Councilman Henon moving forward and addressing these landlords.
The people he was able to get to show up at his city council hearing are local. How about dragging some of the out-of-state absentee landlords into the hearings next time?
Broad Street Media LLC - Landlords come under Council scrutiny
Walsh, who’s been in the business for almost 30 years, owns almost 500 properties in Philadelphia, including 33 in the 6th district. He acknowledged being behind on taxes on as many as 20 properties.
In addition, Walsh has paid some fines for Community Life Improvement Program-issued violations, but he said he takes other notices to Municipal Court and they are routinely dismissed for being unwarranted.
Walsh employs three full-time crews for routine maintenance and to fix problems at his properties.
“Once they get a violation, they’re out there immediately,” he said.
On one occasion, Walsh posed as a tenant in a telephone call to a housing-rights group. He contended that tenants are reminded that they’ll be able to stay put and/or not pay rent as long as there is an outstanding violation.
“It’s an attempt by the tenant to stay in the unit as long as they can,” he saidI agree with this... the city should have liasons for landlords who own large number of properties.Hogeland, a Mayfair resident who has been in the business for about three decades, said he and partners operate about 300 homes, including 28 in the 6th Councilmanic District. He suggested that the city hire a liaison for individuals who have large numbers of properties.