Slumlord: An owner of slum property, especially one that overcharges tenants and allows the property to deteriorate.
“Yo, my slum lord T to the J Smitty painted over the mold on my walls to fix it … At least he picked a nice color.”
It is not uncommon for slumlords to buy property with little or no down payment, and also to receive rent in cash to avoid disclosing it for tax purposes, providing lucrative short term income. (Thus, in the U.S., slumlords would normally not participate in government-subsidized programs such as Section 8, due to the requirements to report income and keep properties well-maintained.) A slumlord may also hope that his property will eventually be purchased by government for more than it is worth as a part of urban renewal. Wikipedia
Judge Vicki Landwehr
Judge’s St. Cloud properties, including one with meth lab, are called a blight ‘High levels of criminal activity’ cited at some of the rent-to-own houses
By John Reinan Star Tribune November 26, 2016
As a district judge, Vicki Landwehr spends her days meting out justice. But as the co-owner of nearly 20 residential properties in the St. Cloud area, it’s Landwehr who’s on the receiving end of public scrutiny — and legal action.
Several of the properties she and her husband, Don, own have been identified by neighbors and St. Cloud city officials as blights on neighborhoods. Earlier this week, police raided one house and found a meth lab — the latest in a series of troubling incidents that have angered residents and prompted city officials to investigate.
City officials have met twice with residents to discuss the problems. The most recent meeting, held last week, drew about 100 attendees. The city is so concerned about the issue that it is now taking administrative action against the couple for renting the houses without a license. Continue Reading: http://www.startribune.com/judge-s-distressed-properties-a-blight-on-st-cloud-neighborhoods/403063086/
“I’m obviously happy that the complaint was dismissed. It’s somewhat stressful to have a complaint filed against you,” Landwehr said Friday. “I obviously had indicated from the outset that I always made every effort to make the disclosures that I thought were required. … That’s important to me.” (Interestingly, Landwehr was appointed to the Judicial Standards Board by Governor Pawlenty in 2008 and was a judge member through 2016. BOARD ON JUDICIAL STANDARDS).
Below is another complaint Judge Landwehr was obviously happy that was dismissed.
“Don Landwehr said he feels the city was not looking to punish him and his wife, but gain compliance at the contract-for-deed properties.”
Here’s an opportunity to meet Judge Landwehr and learn more about the local injustice system in St. Cloud.
2017 Stearns County Open Courthouse Event
The public is invited to celebrate Law Day at the Stearns County “Open Courthouse” event on April 28.
On Friday, April 28, the Stearns County Courthouse in St. Cloud will open its doors to the public as part of a Law Day “Open Courthouse” event. The event is being held to showcase the work of Minnesota’s courts, and educate the public about the work of judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and citizens in administering the state’s justice system. The free, open-to-the public event, will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Open Courthouse event will feature numerous activities, including:
- A special welcome ceremony hosted by Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea and Seventh Judicial District Chief Judge John H. Scherer.
- An opportunity to meet local district court judges and justice system partners.
- Guided “behind-the-scenes” tours of the Stearns County courthouse, with presentations by judges and Stearns County justice partners.
- An information fair with representatives from numerous law- and justice-related organizations.
- Information on free and low-cost legal services available to the public.
- Presentations and displays focusing on the history of Stearns County and the Stearns County Courthouse.
The Open Courthouse event is scheduled to coincide with Law Day, a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process have contributed to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day was first established in 1958 through a proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Congress passed a joint resolution designating May 1 as Law Day, U.S.A in 1961.
“The justice system truly belongs to the people, and serves to keep our communities safe, fairly resolve disputes, and preserve the rule of law,” said Chief Judge Scherer. “As our nation pauses to celebrate Law Day, we wanted to give the citizens of Stearns County an opportunity to learn more about their local justice system, meet the people that work in our courthouse, and find out about the legal services available to them in the community. We will even share many of the colorful and interesting stories that have shaped the history of our near century-old courthouse.”
The Law Day Open Courthouse event is being hosted by Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District in partnership with Stearns County and local justice system partners.