Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Landlords are treated as Second Class Citizens in Court

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The landlord mentioned in the piece below might be guilty and a poor example to use to make my point.

Sex shop owners that aren’t wanted in town can be harassed by the building inspector, have their financial records gone through with a fine tooth comb, and can get threatened and maliciously prosecuted while not receiving police services or any consideration and/or fairness at all in the courtroom.

Why should you care?

Well that same type of unconstitutional treatment of a citizen can be used on anyone the authorities have their eye on.

Anyone can be arrested, charged, financially ruined, and even thrown in prison on the whim of the powerful.

I wrote in newspapers and proposed Civilian Oversight of Police to elected officials, being a MOUTHY landlord, and found myself threatened and harassed by police, brought up on bogus charges, and railroaded to prison based on police officer perjury, a lawyer who offered me up for sacrifice, and a judge who colluded with them all for the kangaroo trial.


Steven G. Erickson
P O Box 730
Enfield, CT 06083-0730 USA

stevengerickson@yahoo.com

My accusations against police, the judge, and my idiot lawyer.

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Landlord Called `Repeat Offender' Records Show History Of Code Violations

November 16, 2004 By TINA A. BROWN And OSHRAT CARMIEL, HartfordCourant Staff Writers

The owner of a city apartment building that caught fire Saturday, leaving 38 people homeless, had a history of fire and housing code violations with the city, including renting fire-damaged apartments to tenants, city records show.

Paul S. Diloreto of Wethersfield, who owns several properties in the city, is a "repeat offender," said Lt. Edward Casares Jr. of the Hartford Fire Department, and a frequent defendant in housing court, records show.Just weeks before Saturday's fire at Diloreto's building at 224-226 Park St., officials were contemplating arresting him on a host of fire and housing code violations connected with the building, officials said Monday.

"None of the apartments had smoke detectors, and he had been in housing court many times," Casares, of the fire prevention bureau, said.The city file on the Park Street apartment building, which burned for hours with flames shooting 15 feet into the air, reads like the prelude to disaster: water damaged walls and ceilings, rotted floors, and "defective" electrical fixtures. The building did not have a fire alarm system or smoke detectors in any of the apartments, records show. It also did not have emergency lighting or fire safety doors, according to records.

Following an inspection Oct. 26, housing officials gave Diloreto five days to correct the housing violations - everything from cracked and collapsing ceilings to cracks in the walls and roaches and rodents within easy sight - or face prosecution in housing court. It was unclear whether he had made the repairs before the fire.

Fire officials who inspected the multi-family apartment building on Oct. 27 gave Diloreto until Nov. 30 to fix seven different fire safety violations or risk being arrested, Casares said. Diloreto could not be reached for comment Monday.

Saturday's fire started in a ventilation shaft and spread to the attic and roof, with smoke building in the bathrooms of the apartments, fire officials said.American Red Cross officials were optimistic Monday night about finding permanent homes by this afternoon for the displaced residents currently living in temporary shelter at the Pope Park Recreation Center. Sara Vehr, a Red Cross spokeswoman, said one of the families has found a temporary place to stay.

No serious injuries were reported in the blaze, and Fire Marshal William Abbott said it could take at least two weeks to determine the cause.

But after firefighters extinguished the blaze, building officials determined that the structure was so unstable that William Boudreau, acting chief building inspector, ordered it demolished immediately, said Dinesh Patel, the director of the city's licenses and inspections department.

Diloreto refused to demolish it, Patel said, so the licenses and inspections department called its own contractors on Sunday to do the work.

"It was beyond repair," Patel said.

Diloreto, who said he did not have insurance on the building, insisted that the building's structure was sound and could be saved. He wanted the city to delay the demolition until an independent structural engineer could be hired to assess the damage.

City records show that Diloreto had a history of fire and housing code violations at the Park Street building and at other properties in Hartford.

By February 2003, Diloreto had been a defendant in housing court at least five times - so often that Jessie Bennett, Hartford's housing court prosecutor at the time, refused to accept a referral for prosecution unless it was accompanied by an arrest warrant, records show.

City records show that Diloreto was arrested in 1991 and faced charges of seven counts of housing violations at a property he owned on Retreat Avenue. Court records show that Diloreto was convicted in 1992 of a housing code violation in Hartford, but further details on that case were not available Monday.

Violations in that building, while under his ownership, date to at least 1990, records show.

The files on Diloreto's properties also show that he has a history of renting to tenants in buildings damaged by fire and partially boarded up. In 1997, city housing officials cited him for illegally renting apartments at 10 Green St., a building that was "placarded" - or boarded up - according to files, due to excessive fire damage.

Also that year, housing officials found that he was renting apartments in another fire-damaged, boarded-up building he owned at 270 Albany Ave., six months after officials declared it in need of serious work, and three months after Diloreto took out building permits to do the work.

Courant Staff Writer Matt Burgard contributed to this story. An Associated Press report is included.

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When I was a landlord, I had prostitutes, drugs dealers, and other criminals on my property and even moving into apartments without my permission in Stafford Springs, CT (Connecticut).

I could not get Stafford town police or the Connecticut State Police, the Resident Trooper of Stafford, nor Troop C, Tolland, to serve and protect me based on my occupation, geographic location, and lack of political connections and clout.

So, those that wrecked my property, stole from me, moved in without permission, prostituted themselves, sold drugs, fenced stolen items, neglected their kids, assaulted and threatened me and others, etc were ignored by police and I received hostile treatment for just trying to report crimes and demanding something be done.

I was twice a victim, first of criminals and then at the hands of police and the court system.

So, as a landlord if you are not receiving rents, police protection and service, fair consideration in court cases, and are a target for extinction, how are you to comply with the growing number of regulations that all carry stiff penalties and fines?

Tenants can disable and remove smoke detectors, allow cockroaches to become an infestation, cause fires, health code violations and other unsafe conditions, then not allow the owner access, report the owner, and then profit from crimes in court at the expense of the landlord.

-Steven G. Erickson

My Oct. 2, 2003, letter to the former Governor John G. Rowland of Connecticut, names names, and gives a peak into the day in the life and the hell of being a landlord. (found here)

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