Target of angry Buffalo neighborhood, now target of city inspectors

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When someone sent a message to an absentee landlord, critical of the landowner’s dilapidated tenement on Buffalo’s West Side, and the landlord did not respond, the neighbors contacted city officials and Call 4 Action.

Now, city inspectors have swung into action, writing up the property on Ashland Avenue that was spray painted ”SLUMLORD”, and the owner–a New York City based limited liability corporation, or LLC–is being summoned to Buffalo Housing Court.

A West Side neighborhood has sent a message to an absentee landlord what they think of a dilapidated property.. and when the the owner did not respond, they Called 4 Action.

Neighbor Jeffrey Lampke spoke of the neighborhood’s exasperation with the eyesore creating blight on their section of the Elmwood Village, “The owner doesn’t seem to care what the neighborhood thinks, or what the house looks like, obviously.”

The chief inspector from the city’s Department of Permit and Inspection Services, Lou Petrucci said inspectors checked out the boarded up property Tuesday and Wednesday, and wrote up a list of housing code violations.

“We got a court order to both vacate the property and have the property cleaned, and then my inspector has referred the matter to court again just because he has not done anything that he told us he was going to do.”

Petrucci said the city is contacting the New York based property owner, GC Global Strategies LLC to show up in court, and get the proper permits to make repairs to the dilapidated property.

“The owner told us that he is hiring an architect who is going to have plans submitted by a date certain, that he is going to have a contractor hired and work is going to begin by a date certain, and that as long as we see progress we will work with people.”

Because LLC’s have a unique legal status, state lawmakers have added layers of bureaucracy for local governments to bring them to justice. Petrucci said they have to contact GC Global Strategies through the New York Department of State, which could take 4 weeks.

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