I am a nasty property owner!

Real Estate Agent with Sibcy Cline Realtors®

  In the historic district that I own some property in the Health Department came through for inspections. They addressed many issues in the are. Some of the homes had major exterior repairs that needed to be done. Some of the homes that have been let go have issues like rebuilding the box gutters or repairing pillars on porches.

  I have already taken care of the work order issued on the one home that I received a work order on! I have also apologised to the nearby neighbors that know me well as I try to keep my property well maintained. By the way my standing in this community is such that I was the first non resident invited to the annual Sashay.

  The building that I received the work order on is a Italianate that was built in 1899. The home has wonderful 6 foot tall front windows with limestone lintels.

  My work order that was issued to me by the Health Department? Minor paint pealing on one of the 16 shutters on the front of the home! They did include 3 digital photos to make sure that I knew which one because it was so minor.

  Fifteen minutes worth of work and thirty minutes of complaining and I am in compliance again. By the way the neighbors think the Health Department went a little to far on their cleanup push. What do you think?

Comments (6)

Christina Lackey
Coldwell Banker Prime Properties - North Syracuse, NY
Syracuse Central New York Real Estate
Oh my... that does sound a little strict.  But, the fact that you went and took care of it right away will only serve to enhance your reputation in the community, and that is a good thing.
Jun 07, 2007 11:45 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

No doubt the Health Dept was concerned about lead based paint chipping and peeling.  As long as everyone's home was inspected and citations were equally and fairly issued, it's something I could live with. 

The only thing worse would be the town sitting by while properties deteriorated. 

Wish you had included some photos.


Jun 07, 2007 11:47 PM
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

In my career I have taken over blighted properties and tried to turn them around.  While working on them I got citations from the municipality.  When I was finished improving them, their assessed values went up, and hence eventually their taxes.

Instead of being rewarded for improving properties, my experience has been that landlords working on improving properties are generally unappreciated, and sometimes punished for their efforts. 

Jun 07, 2007 11:48 PM
Katrina Madewell
Charles Rutenberg Rlty- More than 5,000 agents(813) 777-1196 - Tampa, FL
Tampa FL Homes for sale | Tampa Bay - (813) 777-1196
probabily but you know how most cities are with historic districts.
Jun 08, 2007 12:21 AM
Steven Shewell
Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. - Ephrata, PA
The Mortgage Maverick
Give a government employee license to require things and they almost always go way over board.  Be thankful that is all they called for; it could have been much worse.  I have seen them dream up stuff just to aggravate the property owner.
Jun 08, 2007 12:32 AM
Nalliah Thayabharan
Expert Building Inspections Ltd - Markham, ON
Home Inspector - Commercial Building Inspector Toronto

Hi  Jim  !

Thanks for sharing this info with us. Keep posting !

Nalliah Thayabharan

Commercial and Residential Building Inspector

Expert Building Inspections Ltd

Jun 08, 2007 12:49 AM