Enforcement responded to that complaint, they deemed the house to appear to be
vacant at time of their inspection. They transferred it to the Vacant Building
department and noted in 2019 this property had been condemned due to lack of water
service. From their findings the water was restored in 2019 a month later, which is why
it didn’t go into the program then. I did call the water department yesterday and it is
current and has usage. No water issues. When I went out, it appeared vacant to me.
No one answered the door, garbage everywhere, garage still off the frame. They are in
the file for your viewing pleasure. I made it a Category 2 Vacant Building. Four sets of
eyeballs on it saw it being vacant. If it isn’t vacant, we aren’t showing owner occupancy
in Ramsey County property tax records, and it doesn’t have a rental license on file.
Moermond: Ms. Moua, what is going on?
Moua: I had no idea about the water in 2019, we bought after that. We bought it and in
the past 2 years we rented it, we do have a family living there. Maybe they don’t take
care of the property well. They have the garage issues and when we gave the
abatement orders on the 31 of July, we went there and told the tenant and they did
clean it up by the fence. The tenant is moving out because they are moving out. it is a
single mom with small kids, she is very slow and has a lot of stuff in the backyard.
They are loading their stuff from the house to the backyard to the U-Haul. August 31
when we get the abatement order we could just clean outside the fence in front of the
garage, then close the garage door. The stuff inside the yard we can’t touch because it
belongs to the family. They have been moving for two weeks. They were done around
August 5 or 6. They’re moving stuff to the U-Haul and moving out of the property.
Moermond: it is hard to explain how little sympathy I have for you on this. You bought
in January 2020. The name of your company 10th Rental Housing, LLC. You are
obviously a company that acts as a rental agency and yet for 3.5 years you’ve gone
without having a Fire Certificate of Occupancy required for all rental property in the
City. Ignoring all law and regulation doesn’t set you up for exceptions at this point. You
name your business that but act differently than that completely. It looks like you’re
trying to get out from regulation to maintain decent housing when you do that.
Moua: how do I do that? I know for some properties they have come out and inspected
and got a certificate.
Moermond: you’re just making your hole worse.
Moua: no when the City inspects they send a letter and I know that they come.
Moermond: the City has to take responsibility to send you a letter but you never
looked, as a responsible landlord, that you need a Certificate of Occupancy. I don’t
believe you. With respect to the yard, you’re saying you have no responsibility at all.
Have you considered getting a small dumpster out there so tenants can put their things
in that? I see garbage bags, torn open, a total mess all over the place. That isn’t
acceptable. You haven’t done the things you could do as a property owner. The City
can go in and clean this up and charge you for it.
Moua: it is all cleaned up. After they moved out I cleaned it up. No trash.
Moermond: what do you think you’ll do in terms of re-renting the property?
Moua: if you say we have to do the certificate I’ll look to see how to apply for that.
Moermond: that will be sent to you at the email address you provided in your appeal.
You cannot rent the property until you have your Certificate of Occupancy. Not your
provisional, we need an actual certificate of occupancy. Work with Fire inspections to