I appreciate the letter written by the lady who lives on Pinson Street and can certainly understand her feelings about the area needing to be safe again.
However, I must take exception to her blaming the rental landlords for renting to undesirables and causing all this.
My husband has owned rental properties for many years, and I can tell you that people and times are not what they used to be. When he bought his first houses, he would rent to people who treated the properties like a home instead of a hangout.
Families would clean the property when they moved away. Now, he must have workers go in, not only to clean but to repair the severe damages done to the property, e.g. major holes in the walls, cabinet doors ripped off, tiles in bathrooms broken beyond repair, toilets stopped up with human excrement left in them, kitchen sinks stopped up because of grease being poured down them, and I could go on and on.
My husband makes a great effort to get desirable tenants in his rental properties, but it is rare to have most of them move out in this day and time without owing him money, not only in back rent but thousands in damages. He always responds promptly to a problem a tenant has with something not as it should be, but when they move out, it is usually as aforementioned. And let's not discuss the damages done to yards with cars being parked all over them.
As I said, I do appreciate the writer's desire for more desirable tenants… my husband and I feel the exact same way. Just please do not blame all the undesirable actions on the landlord.