The Water Cooler – Homes in Your Neighborhood Owned by Slumlords

June 23, 2014 12:00 pm · 44 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Do you have a home in your neighborhood that’s owned by a slumload? If so, have you ever approached officials in the city you live in regarding the property (or properties) owned by the slumlord?

Talk about it….

David June 23, 2014 at 12:02 PM

No, I live in Clayton.

Anon777 June 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Not that I’m aware of. We are lucky to have very nicely kept up houses and yards in our neighborhood. I know there are a few older folks whose yard gets out of control with weeds sometimes, but that’s about the extent of “ghetto” we have to deal with here.

happy home owner June 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I guess we are lucky. No slum lords and most of the homes are very nicely kept. -one of the reasons we moved to this area in Concord.

Skyscraper June 23, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Before you can have a meaningful discussion of this topic, you first need to clearly define what is meant by “slumlord”.

Me June 23, 2014 at 12:22 PM

This is a painful topic. We were slumlords because the renters turned it into a slum, complete with graffiti on the outside.

Concordejet June 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

My mother is not a slumlord she is a very good landlord especially the condo I renting from her. I had the condo for 10 years and pays her the rent without any check bounced, kept well clean, and keeping the condo good condition. Now, all I worry is the neighborhood impacting my condo because of the murder in April. I have to find a roommate in July and hopefully it will be an easy process.

Now for the world worst renter in Southern California that made my mother look like a slumlord because she had to evict her tenant due to past due rent for 5 months. Attorney Fees $1500. The renter got the notice that they got to move out, Court and than Sheriff have to go their in person if renters are not out yet in 3 days. So we are looking at $10,000 my mom lost. My mom want them out of there so she can remodel the entire house and live in it even though the house is already a trash:(

ClayDen June 23, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Not in my Clayton neighborhood.

Shelter Inc June 23, 2014 at 1:14 PM


Dorothy June 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Once had a Section 8 here, what a mess, owner had to rebuild the inside before selling. Then another neighbor rented to someone from her church, had to evict them, rebuild major parts of her house.

Just now there are no bad neighbors or owners.

Elwood June 23, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Strangest thing in my neighborhood is a house that’s been vacant for several years.

Owners had bad tenants and when they left decided to leave the place vacant.

Owners come by and mow the front lawn once in a while.

PH resident June 23, 2014 at 2:03 PM

The home I live in is owned by a man who will not fix stuff. Leaks in the roof and waterheater have gone on unfixed for a year. We complained once about the kitchen water faucet leaking, and he had it fixed, but the next month, raised our rent by 100 bucks. We haven’t complained since. Jerk. His attitude is, if something falls apart, it must be our fault. The home is 60 years old.

dilligafman June 23, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Not by a “slumlord” but a bank. It’s yard has 6′ or taller weeds and looks like S@$t.
I call the city every so often and get results in about 1-2 months.

BagsFlyFree June 23, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Dear Owner(s) of Driftwood Apartments….. “a love story”

Your property’s mere existence makes me wake every morning with joy.. Everytime I glance at the manicured gravel rock garden, sidewalk full of trash, and “modern” 60’s cinderblock architecture, it has a touch of North Antioch mixed with some Home Depot leftover paint blends, o so classy!

Your filled in pool and mismatching windows really add a touch to the neighborhood we all can’t get enough of. Oh, and the tenents… let me tell you! nothing makes my morning like a car horn blaring for a pickup, or the weekly tenant rotation for who knows what reason. Keep it classy Driftwood owners.. A few dollars reinvested makes all the difference, and clearly you haven’t kept up with the neighborhood..

Sincerely your BFF’s across the way..

Julio June 23, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Exactly 1/2 of the homes on our court, 25, are rentals. Only 3 of them are owned by slum lords. We did have one empty for 2 1/2 years.

Over 1/3 of the homes in Antioch are rentals. The people are running a business and should be taxed like a business. Approx 340 of them are owned by two former 49er team mates. Not all of them look bad but a lot of them do. Now that we can’t water everything looks like it is a rental. Want to see a slum, come to Antioch.

Yes, I do June 23, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Yes, we have several on Elkwood Drive in Concord. One of the worst is on the corner of Peachwood & Elkwood Dr. The others I think are actually owned by homeowners who do not keep their property fit to even look at. It’s disgusting to us as prideful homeowners.
I know there’s a drought but you can still maintain your homes appearance without spending a fortune. Try cutting the weeds, that’s where you can start!

Aspirin June 23, 2014 at 3:55 PM

There are many civic ordnances covering property use and maintenance. Weed and trash control and illegally parked vehicles as well as fencing and animal noise are some that I have used very successfully to abate many problems

Pegasus June 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Nope. Everything is fabulous up here on my mountain.

Momo June 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM

I don’t know if the homes have renters in them or if they are occupied by homeowners that aren’t keeping them up. Fortunately not on our block but further down the street. It’s even worse now with watering restrictions.

Me June 23, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Julio–you are CORRECT! The house I was speaking about (I don’t actually own it) is in Antioch and about 2/3 of the houses on that court are rentals. Its been hard to find renters that actually have living skills out there. The first set of renters complained the phone was broken–they didn’t know you had to call the phone company to set up service. Then they set the AC at 60 degrees when it was 100+ all week and wondered why the AC broke. These were adults with three kids mind you. And the stories go on from there….

The Realist June 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Slumlord is a subjective term. I had a relative that owned 8-12 rental homes at a time over the years. You could call them slumlords by the deteriorating conditions of the homes but only because the tenants never informed them of problems with the house in fear of their rent being raised.

Green eyed wonder...... June 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM

There used to be a slumlord that owned many homes in my neighborhood. He didn’t maintain most all of them and they were a huge mess. Many section 8’s and slum rentals. He ended up having cancer and before he died he sold all of them. Sad that he got got cancer but the neighborhood looks so much better since he passed……

Julio June 23, 2014 at 5:16 PM

You know even in a drought you can successfully water and maintain your yard enough to be presentable. Have some pride people! Self respect even!

Denkinger June 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

midway between Wilson and Concord Blvd. there is a house on canal side that keeps putting off furniture out. First it was a recliner then a mattress, like who would want this junk. What pigs.

Jabon June 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

My ‘hood is full of slumlord owned property. They do not care how many families are in the house, as long as the rent is paid. Couches in the front yard, people who make parking spaces where there aren’t any and the infamous “scrap metal for free” eyesore trucks. These places were not designed for multi-family in a single family home. Rampant public drinking and fart-bass that sounds as if you have a visitor at the front door knocking. I can only guess that they want you to know that they spent money on a sound system and beer instead of a college fund for their children. By that same token, should I let them know I had a bowel movement by putting it on their porch?

SKS June 23, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Simple, good neighborhood practices for renters and owners:

– Park vehicles only on paved surfaces. Parking on grass or bare dirt says “I am a low-life”.

– Park boats, trailers, and other recreational vehicles at least 20 feet from the street. If you can afford a toy, you can probably have it stored in a storage lot or at least park it away from the street. A neighborhood is about people and their homes.

– No dismantled vehicles. At least put a cover on it if you’re working on it. AND reinstall the wheels and tires so it at least looks mobile. NO BLUE TARPS!!!!

– Mowed weeds looks better than tall weeds. No one usually cares if it is brown. Just tell ’em your saving water.

– No indoor (upholstered) furniture in front of the house.

– No “junk” in public view. Pick up your kids’ toys. Trampolines are meant for back yards.

– Chain link fences are for prisons and tow yards. Chainlink doesn’t say “neighbor”… it says, ” I am cheap”. Same goes for those metal security doors and burglar bars. Think twice if you’re looking to buy or rent a home in a neighborhood with these features.

– No power tools or power equipment operated after 9 PM or before 8 AM. My neighbor’s gardening service guys attempted to start at 7 AM… on a friggin’ Saturday!!!! After a discussion, we now have an understanding.

anon June 23, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Nice investment you’ve got there.

Concord Boulevard June 23, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Check out 4511 Concord Boulevard at Lilac Ct.. Unoccupied for over a year. No FOR SALE sign. Roof coming off, even trees in the yard going dead and fence falling down in front along with dead ivy and weeds. Reported it on city co concord site by filling out a form over a year ago and nothing. Beats me how to find out what piece of scum really owns the place now.

In one word .... June 23, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Yes. The imbeciles that are on the board of our townhome HOA have allowed it to be over run by renters. CC & R’s state 25% but they are up to 43%. Lots of Section 8, drug dealers, gangbangers etc. CPD know they are here an do nothing. Crap, junk in front of and in parking areas of units and nothing is done because we can’t offend certain groups. What was nice when I bought has turned into a major crap hole

nono June 23, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I’ve noticed the Buchanan Fields golf course seems to be owned by a slumlord. If what you find on the internet is true, the owner/manager is Tim Sullivan and not the City of Concord. Paint is peeling off everywhere there should be paint, and the place is run down. What an eyesore. Hey Tim, how about buying a few gallons of paint and having someone fix the place up? I guess you also probably need to have them fix all the dry rot and warped boards from not keeping the place up.

@Concord Blvd June 24, 2014 at 12:50 AM

4511 per goggle doesn’t look bad. The house to the right looks bad

Roz June 24, 2014 at 6:19 AM

@ Elwood # 10,…in our court there is a vacant rental for the last 4 years,…sound like the same house. The owner is an elderly lady going blind, and her daughter & son-in-law do the yard work 3 or 4 times a year. There might be some changes coming there for the best!,..fingers crossed.

Shelly June 24, 2014 at 6:56 AM

#27, You can look it up.

Big B June 24, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Why can’t the city realize that if property values increase it will create a larger tax base. By enforcing the codes that already exist home values will go up. A large part of the city’s revenue come from home valuation.

Jojo Potato June 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM

To find out ownership and lots of other information on any property in CoCo County go to the assessor’s fine web site. Put in an address on the one page or navigate by map on another. Here’s one example of governement actually working, enjoy!

sarah tracy June 24, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Its public record to see who owns a house and I suggest checking before renting after living at 3519 moretti drive landlord one david lee…cone to find out after both new cars got stolen, was raped, I ended up on that david lee was in default in his mortgage for years and had been illegally charging me rent. I dont blame concord. I blame dishonest people.

sarah tracy June 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Correction 3419 moretti drive.

Concord Boulevard June 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM


Then Google pictures are at least three or four years old. That house used to look beautiful when I walked by. Now it is a total wreck and a fire trap. No way is any one living in that thing. Go see it if you do not believe I am telling the truth.
And while your there look at the house on the right. It looks really nice now. I do not know the address but the For Sale sign is down now so maybe Mr. Jo-Jo Potato’s tip about county research page will tell what it went for.

jtkatec June 24, 2014 at 1:13 PM

If you didn’t know, there needs to be two separate complaints before the City of Concord Neighborhood Preservation dept will act.

So if you’re the only person complaining on your street, you need to get someone else to file a complaint also.

#25 Everything you just listed... June 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

…has diddly squat to do with being a good neighbor. Your rules list sounds more like a guide on how to appease the busy bodies with nothing better to do than complain about nonsense. Your post makes me thankful I don’t belong to a HOA.

A good neighbor watches out for other neighbor’s safety, isn’t completely insane, is there for help/emergencies, warns others when they are throwing a party, and knows when to stay the hell out of someone’s business. Outside of one complete loon who moved in a few years ago, I’ve gotten along with all of my neighbors extremely well living under those guidelines. Weeds, wheel-less cars, and blue tarps included.

Aspirin June 24, 2014 at 5:11 PM

@jtkatec #38: I have filed complaints that were acted upon promptly by the City. I don’t know if others filed the same complaint as I did but I doubt it. If there is a Code violation the City will respond.

Trailer trash Turleen June 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Gee! Some of these houses sounds like Jeff Foxworthy’s YOU MIGHT BE A REDNECK…….

uh huh June 24, 2014 at 7:47 PM

@SKS#25 Are you kidding me with the chain link fence? Chain link is expensive and even pricier to put the slats in it. It looks cleaner and lasts forever and thats a good thing if your neighbors are as#H*&%s and hillbillies to boot and wont pitch in on a “good neighbor fence”. You too sound like an idiot…

nee June 24, 2014 at 8:02 PM

#2 if you know they are old why don’t you help out?

anon June 24, 2014 at 8:32 PM

What is it about homeowners that makes them think they can tell the neighbors how to live.

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