Guest post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman
This blog has reported on issues with Mahmood Khan in the past, and recent emails have been circulating about 2222 4th St N coming up at a hearing at the city tomorrow. First things first, if anyone has comments they would like submitted, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If public comments are being accepted, I will bring them forth and have them on record.
Now, about that house. One resident said that they had been in the property recently, and the layout was very odd...
The living room and kitchen are on the first floor, and the bedrooms and more living room space is upstairs. According to this resident, however, the crazy part is what you have to do to get from one floor to the next. You have to go out the back door--that's OUTSIDE, mind you--and then back in another door. Can you imagine what it would be like in the wintertime to get your kids dressed for bed?
I went around the property and looked inside as best I could, and this person's story appears to be true. I couldn't see another staircase visible from any of the first floor windows. Of course, Mr. Khan will have a chance to tell folks at the city if this is true or not at the upcoming hearing.
And just a few houses away, Khan owns another gem at 2135 4th St N:
On top of just plain exuding slumminess, I found this to be rather interesting:
Because when you go around back, what do you see?
Yes, I called it in to 311.
In the comment threads of a previous post, someone came forward and tried to defend Mahmood Khan. I publicly stated that I would take Mr. Khan up on that offer to tour the properties he has that are supposedly "nice." I am rescinding that offer. Mr. Khan, you have two houses in a very close area in my neighborhood that are in a state of disrepair that my residents find unacceptable. I believe that if I do my own examination of your properties throughout north Minneapolis, I will find many in similar conditions. I will also state that the truth in sale of housing report for 2135 4th St N has a required completion date of November 5, 2008, and compliance has not yet been recorded.
So if you want this blog to say that you're a good landlord who's just misunderstood, then comply fully with the TISH reports for EVERY SINGLE property you own in Minneapolis. In ninety days; you've had plenty of time by now. Then we'll talk.
I should also point out that this would be a whole lot easier for neighbors to keep track of if we could research properties with owner names as a search criteria.