The author, a Yale graduate, owns three rental properties in a neighborhood of Minneapolis near down town. As a member of Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee, he interviewed fellow landlords who were having trouble with the city. These stories represent the fruit of those interviews. The author is also proprietor of http://www.landlordpolitics.com which contains more than 200 documents.
Six stories of landlords abused by Minneapolis city governmentby William McGaughey
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This collection of stories illustrates how big city governments steal property from their rightful owners. There are a thousand and one ways that city bureaucrats do this; and here are six of them. These maneuvers generally take place beneath the radar of media scrutiny. It must have happened to a person himself or to a close relative or friend for anyone to become seriously upset about the thefts when cadres of neighborhood-association or block-club members cheer on the city inspectors and police. In this book, you will see how (1) city inspectors condemned a building as being unoccupied when a tenant was temporarily in the hospital, (2) tax officials refused an owner’s payment of taxes and then declared his property fax-forfeited, (3) a faith-based housing non-profit pressured an apartment owner into giving them the property and, when he refused, had the county attorney declare the building a “nuisance property” with all the penalties that implies, (4) a city inspector condemned a house when the tenant removed a trap beneath the kitchen sink and then would not lift the condemnation because the house lacked a full basement, (5) a conniving tenant refused to let the landlord repair damage that she herself had caused and then was awarded a half-million dollars in damages because he had allegedly used the “n-word” in discussions with her, and (6) city inspectors condemned an apartment building at the urging of a neighborhood association in a manner designed to run him out of money and be forced to sell at a deep discount.
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