Post and photo of a Bashir Moghul vacant lot by the Hawthorne Hawkman
I'm going for a Guinness World Record here. Can I make someone fall asleep using fewer words in one sentence than ever before? Here goes: In a Google search for a certain slumlord, a rather interesting spreadsheet with housing data came my way.
No, wait! This really IS important for NoMi and even for all of Minneapolis. Don't lose consciousness just yet, please. The document in question is the 2009 Board of Appeal and Equalization list of applications for reductions in assessed property values. Look, I'm sorry. No matter how I try and present this stuff, it just comes off as verbal Ambien. So let's jump right to the juicy stuff, shall we?
Bashir Moghul. Quite a few Moghuls, actually. Danna D III. Property owners we haven't covered on NoMi blogs yet, such as My Truong, Steven Meldahl, and Patrick C. Burns come up quite a bit here too. It's not known if any of those last four are problematic landlords, but in my experience, very few people or businesses seem to manage that many properties well.
Furthermore, until regular citizens are able to search property records with the name of the owner as a search criteria, lists like this may be the best way to determine something close to the full list of properties owned by a particular person. Why? Well, I'm glad you asked. It's because...
...if you owned fifty properties, let's say all or mostly in NoMi, where the foreclosure crisis and a dearth of slummy owners and predatory investors have driven down values, let's just say that you think the value at which your taxes are assessed is high on forty of those fifty properties. Well, you're already going to be downtown contesting forty anyway. May as well toss those other ten on the pile and see if you can't get a reduction on them too.
This notion plays out with a fair degree of accuracy on a (you guessed it) Bashir Moghul vacant lot. The building at 2118 Aldrich Avenue North was demolished, and the assessed value went down from $32,100 to a measly $7,500. The $133 in taxes was still too much for Moghul to pay. (Okay, given his history of not wanting to pay property taxes pretty much anywhere, this is maybe not the perfect example, but you get my point.)
To further prove the need for a better city website, there are at least forty-two properties owned by Moghuls on this list, and most of those are in north Minneapolis. The one referenced above was not on the supposedly comprehensive post done on JNS about Bashir Moghul's Minneapolis properties.
My Truong has, on this list at least, the Moghuls beat. This person owns, by my count, sixty-one properties in Minneapolis, most of them in NoMi. Readers are encouraged to share what they know about Truong, and I'm sure a drive by at least some of those properties is in order. Here's hoping the properties are in good order too.
Highland Bank contested the assessed value on twenty-seven of its properties it was stuck with after the Danna D III fiasco. You've got to wonder how many reductions in property values would have been necessary if it weren't for slumlords and scammers like Julia Rozhansky and Zack Dyab of Danna D III.
Longtime JNS readers who peruse this list with an eagle eye might pick up the name James Lang - the mysterious business partner of Keith Reitman on the infamous 1564 Hillside transaction. Well, James contested the value of two properties - 3204/6 Bryant Ave S, which he no longer is listed as the owner, and 759 Pierce St NE, where he is significantly behind on taxes.
The person with far and beyond the MOST properties on this list is Steven Meldahl. He's got a grand total of eighty-two shown, most in our neighborhoods. And I have heard less than flattering things about how he manages at least his NoMi houses.
And although he doesn't own anything in NoMi on this document, Patrick C. Burns gets an honorable mention as a potential slumlord here. First, he owns seventy-two properties, putting him behind only Meldahl. And second, he has a different LLC name for pretty much every single one he owns. Coming up with unique names for that many properties can get difficult after a fashion. After a while, one apparently is left with the only option of naming a business after whatever spirit animal guided you through the last acid trip. To wit:
Woolly Mammoth LLC
Water Moccasin LLC
Vampire Bat LLC (this may have been Burns's dark period)
Spotted Turtle LLC
Pop Goes the Weasel
Red Hot Summer (I am not making these up)
A series of "Musk" LLC's - rat, oxen, duck, and melon.
Fruit Fly LLC
Little Wolverine LLC
Chinchilla LLC (really, do YOU want to live in a property named after a Chinchilla? Do a Google image search)
and if you want to give your children scarring nightmares, there's always 2082 11th Ave SE, where you can live in Black Widow Spider LLC
If any readers have info on the owners or properties on this list, feel free to share.