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Is Your Apartment a Dump?

We’re looking for some empirical evidence. Share your feedback — and photos — about rentals properties in Lakewood.

Is your ceiling caving in? Leaky plumbing? Faulty electrical work?

Do you live in the worst apartment in Lakewood?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions — and you rent — you’re probably thinking about moving out. 

There are 17,000 rental properties in Lakewood.

We’ve heard that .

“My advice to anyone renting a property in Lakewood,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of building and housing, “make sure you’re doing your due diligence and checking up on the landlord. We have that information readily available.”

He also suggests that prospective tenants check court documents about prospective landlords.

“Most of the time common sense can tell you when you walk in to the space. What’s the overall condition? Is it decent, safe and sanitary? Make some good choices from there.

“There are a lot of rentals in Lakewood, you don’t need to get the first one you run into.”

We’re looking to gather some empirical evidence about distressed rental properties in Lakewood. Share your feedback — and photos — about rentals properties in Lakewood.

Christine Studer March 25, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I hate to say it. But, I'm sure renters who live in run down properties, that their landlord don't take the time to care for. Are not going to comment in an open public forum, where they have to use their real first and last name. That is those who still want a place to live in!
Barbara March 26, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I have several friends who own rental property, and every one has mentioned how badly most tenants care for the property. Most have to do many expensive repairs, -including but certainly not limited to - replacing appliances, etc., after destructive tenants move out. I know there are bad landlords, but I think there are far more careless tenants.
Linda May 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I know of a dump, I pass it everyday. It's the second building on Belle Avenue counting from Aladdin's restaurant. It looks as though the back stairs are coming away from the building making them unsafe. I have heard loud radios coming from that building. I have spoken with one tenant that says the owner cares about nothing other than getting his rent, along as you pay him, you are allowed to whatever you want.
Barbara May 19, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I don't know if it is a rental or owner-occupied, but every time I pass the slowly-caving-in blue garage on Hilliard (between Mars and Elmwood, I think) I wonder where the building inspectors are. I fondly remember a time when residents could count on the building inspectors to keep deterioration like that from making Lakewood look like a slum. Why hasn't action been taken re: this eyesore? It has been like this for several years.
Denise May 31, 2012 at 02:10 AM
I know one of the WORST landlords in Lakewood is Richard Kody. He allows one tenant to threaten the life of another tenant with no backlash, thinking nothing of it, as long he gets the rent check. This same tenant is affecting the health of yet another tenant and still the landlord does nothing.

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