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Factory response

July 21, 2013

As owners of the Pajama Factory, Suzanne and I would like to respond to the July 9th article focusing on a drug arrest at the Pajama Factory....

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spike2

Jul-21-13 7:28 AM

Why not offer a first floor suite to the city as a community policing office, free of charge? This would help your legitimate tenants, your neighborhood, and the city? This is just an idea but wouldn't everyone be a winner?

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spike2

Jul-21-13 9:07 AM

This isn't a perception of crime and violence, it is a fact. Landlords do hold some responsibility. Require criminal records checks. call the tenants previous landlords. Rents are expensive in this town. Everyone can take a few extra steps including landlords.

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MimLogue

Jul-21-13 9:23 AM

ur right spike it is a multifaceted problem. Problem landlords, problem tenants, problem parents, police are in the mix also, but like I said & you are not getting my point. it is hard to attract good tenants when there is a perception as is portrayed in half that article on the Scott st shootin. The reporter should be fired, that was an anonymous untrue quote, Stay focused spike, we know there are problem landlords we did crime mapping and found out 4 landlords were responsible for 80% of the serious incidents, we know.

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MimLogue

Jul-21-13 9:26 AM

By saying williamport neighborhoods are 100% drugs and violence , and to keep your head down by an unidentified woman perpetuates the problem you should know your neighbors look them in the eye, they are probably just as afraid of you, Spike dont you get it???.

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MimLogue

Jul-21-13 9:29 AM

So now as statistics have it for the next 5 years it will be hard to rent or sell a property on Scott st. snowballing the neighborhood downhill sorry I have to dumb down this lesson for spike.

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GysgtUSMC

Jul-21-13 10:19 AM

Mim... Sorry to say but Spike is correct. The drug problem now reaches most areas in Williamsport. Ad with the drugs comes crime. Very few neighborhoods are drug free and crime free. That is the reality of it no matter how anyone wants to spin it. Until you solve the drug problem, crime and shootings like this are inevitable. We are seeing big city crime in our little city and it has no boundaries. You, as a landlord have an obligation to the rest of the neighborhood to not only make sure you are renting to law abiding tenants, but to proactive and manage that property to ensure it stays within code and crime free. I'm sorry if you have trouble finding good tenants, that is one of the downsides of owning rental property. But to allow just anyone to rent the property just to receive that rent check, is a disservice to everyone. As far the article covering the shooting, I feel it was informative and responsible reporting. It is what it is regardless of who's pocketbook it may effect.

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spike2

Jul-21-13 10:28 AM

Mim, I totally get the point and no, I don't think they are afraid of me. No, all Williamsport neighborhoods are not crime and violence. However, pinpointing landlords is interesting and some may well have problem houses. Look at the shooting locations, police reports of shots fired and drug activity. it can happen anywhere and some streets have long-term homeowners that try to hang-in, knowing there property values are plummeting. You can draw a line from Market and Rural south to W.3rd, exclude downtown proper (even though there was one shooting as a result of a bar fight), run west to Lycoming Creek and run North to High and 6th and go East on Rural. of course their are some good blocks, as I said, however, you will find all traversing this area. I agree no one will rent on Scott, memorial, parts of Park Ave and High Street, and the lower ends of the S. to N. on the avenues between. Williamsport is not 100% drugs and violence but the numbers are escalating. (cont)

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spike2

Jul-21-13 10:31 AM

What I absolutely get is their is simply not enough money to throw at the problem. What I absolutely get is you do have a self-interest in wanting unsafe areas to be called safe. There was nothing wrong with the article. We have bad areas just like every city and the boundaries continue to move.

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CitizenQ

Jul-21-13 11:05 AM

Mimlogue responds: "sorry I have to dumb down this lesson for spike.".

I found Spikes comments to be factual and intelligently stated. Commenting that you need to "dumb down" your opinion for Spike is rude and unnecessary. Each poster is allowed their opinion and many will differ. Making rude or snide comments demeans the opinion you offer.

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MimLogue

Jul-21-13 8:48 PM

I was only saying it is a multifaceted problem we cant attract good tenants when the gazette keeps making everyone on the block a drug user with a gun, then spike comes back with landlords cant screen tenants??? I have been doing rentals for 20 years we have had 1 drug incident in our units in 20 years, We know how to screen tenants. We get 50 calls and maybe 2 will be rentable material, My suggestion was to stop making everyone in the the neighborhood the problem. Spike came right back with its the landlords problem for not screening, yeah right, In this case it was the farthest thing from the truth. You are an idiot for calling that an intellectual response?? sorry that"s my opinion.Are u his wife??

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MimLogue

Jul-21-13 8:58 PM

GysgtUSMC so u think I rent my units for a check ?where did u get this information?? do u know me or my record? You sound really pompous but I dont know u only what u say about something u know nothng about, you dont have the facts. In other words your wrong , stupid and uninformed sorry again only my opinion.

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Magic1

Jul-21-13 8:59 PM

Mim--"I know how to screen tenants"

Aren't you always complaining that ur tenants stuff you are the water bill???!? But yet you know how to screen tenants. The sun gazette is reporting a story and telling the facts of this incident. You're very defensive about this subject which makes me believe that you are possibly part of the problem. Mim you have no clue what you're saying or doing. You crictize others for pointing out ur mistakes. You get angry with people when they try to offer advice or have an opinion different than yours. I would be scared if I were one of ur tenants. You mim are a joke and are part of the problem. I've seen ur rentals...trashy and unkept. I feel bad for ur tenants and their friends

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Magic1

Jul-21-13 8:59 PM

Mim--"I know how to screen tenants"

Aren't you always complaining that ur tenants stuff you are the water bill???!? But yet you know how to screen tenants. The sun gazette is reporting a story and telling the facts of this incident. You're very defensive about this subject which makes me believe that you are possibly part of the problem. Mim you have no clue what you're saying or doing. You crictize others for pointing out ur mistakes. You get angry with people when they try to offer advice or have an opinion different than yours. I would be scared if I were one of ur tenants. You mim are a joke and are part of the problem. I've seen ur rentals...trashy and unkept. I feel bad for ur tenants and their friends

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Magic1

Jul-21-13 9:05 PM

Mim you act like a child and should be treated as such. You name call like a child! Which again leads to believe you have no clue what you're doing. " I know how to screen tenants" but yet they stiff you water bills.....you're laughable

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MimLogue

Jul-21-13 9:30 PM

leaving a water bill has nothing to do with screening tenants magic an unpaid water bill doesnt make my city a less safe place to live, I dont get the connection?? and u have never been in any of my houses except after your kid left my place like a rat hole.

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MimLogue

Jul-21-13 9:31 PM

And whenisd she gonna pay me the moey she owes me?? Most of my tenat like me even after they leave except for the ones who owe me money like you

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Magic1

Jul-21-13 9:56 PM

Ummm mim are you like crazy???!?!?!?

1- I don't have children 2- I've never lived in any of ur places. I rent trough a very wonderful company in town. 3- how do u know if I've never been in ur places? Do have cameras? Do you know me personally? They would be no!

Again mim are like crazy or delusional? I feel very bad for ur tenants! So go ahead call me names! Insult me! Whine like a child cuz you cant argue anything because you're not educated on any topic but complaining! Have a wonderful evening mim!

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MimLogue

Jul-21-13 10:33 PM

it was one of your family members

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Magic1

Jul-21-13 11:07 PM

Ummm mim again are you crazy?!?!

I'm not even from this area....I was born and raised in the Midwest.

Wow mim you really are a delusional, out of mind child! I'm really worried for ur tenants. But arguing with a crazy, delusional, and out of mind person is like arguing with cat! Theres no point! So I'm not wasting my breath any longer.

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JabbaTheHutt

Jul-22-13 6:12 AM

I used to listen to Mim bend Ken Sawyer's ear on his morning talk show on WRAK with all her "woe is me". The patience that man has is amazing. I often wondered why she just didn't sell off her properties and get out of the landlord business since the whole thing obviously frustrates her so.

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wwhickok

Jul-22-13 6:38 AM

I'm sure I'll catch flak for this but with all due respect, I wouldn't call dying due to a drug overdose a "True Tragedy". Drugs are a major problem in this City. If the people using and spreading them are the means of their own demise...well with all due respect, I'm not going to shed a tear over it.

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wwhickok

Jul-22-13 6:41 AM

Mim Logue, let me ask you something. First of all, I think landlords who do credit checks are being a bit ridiculous, I shouldn't have to have 'good credit' to rent an apt; but do you do background checks? I'm talking about criminal background checks? I'm sure there is a legal way to do this and frankly, if so, as a landlord you can't really complain about the result of not getting a good tenant if you're choosing not to take advantage of your ability to do this.

It's that simple, make the criminals feel unwelcome.

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wwhickok

Jul-22-13 6:45 AM

Second of all Mim, let me make something very clear. What a lot of tenants are thinking but unwilling to say.

You know what else makes it hard for a landlord to find good tenants? When a landlord is a d-bag. Honestly Mim, many of these lanlords in this area charge WAY too much for their apartments, heavily because of the gas Industries being willing to pay for them. Landlords have lost sight of the fact not everyone here works for the gas industry.

On top of that, when you're charging $800+ and not willing to at least include water and sewage, not many minimum wage people can afford that and there is a lot of those in this city.

Furthermore, the way you responded to Spike, doesn't make you come off as polite or nice. It makes you come off as a snob who thinks you're better than everyone else. That's the type of landlord I personally, a good tenant, would refuse to rent from.

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wwhickok

Jul-22-13 6:48 AM

I'm sick of hearing so much "woe is me, I'm a landlord" crap.

You're not going to have a hard time renting an apartment if the price is fair, the apartment is in good condition, etc.

One thing I've noticed in Williamsport, very few landlords update their properties, I've seen far too many that still have old single pane windows and run on Oil heat. Do you have any idea how big of a burden Oil heat is? There is major advantages to switching over to electric or Natural Gas. For both the tenant and the landlord.

This is another example of excuses. You're acting like ALL of the tenants are the problem. Mim, sometimes, YOU(landlords) are the problem.

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MimLogue

Jul-22-13 7:12 AM

From the midwest doesn"t even live in the area knows more about my tenants & the people on Scott st. because he gets his facts from the sun gazette, sorry for calling you stupid I apologize but i know now why u are misinformed.

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