September 2, 2014

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Elyria property owner, city reach agreement

This house at 249 Gates Ave., shown Wednesday,  is one of eight covered by the deal made between home owner George Schneider and the city of Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

This house at 249 Gates Ave., shown Wednesday, is one of eight covered by the deal made between home owner George Schneider and the city of Elyria. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The city Law Department has settled a long legal battle with businessman and property owner George Schneider

He’s the reason why Elyria decided it needed to create a Demolition Board of Appeals. He’s the landlord tagged with having received the most code violations from the city of Lorain’s Nuisance Inspection Task Force in its first year. County auditor records from 2013 peg him as the owner of 169 properties countywide.

George Schneider

George Schneider

With the settlement Schneider agrees to make needed repairs to eight Elyria homes and, in exchange, the city will halt its actions to legally force their demolition. Law Director Scott Serazin said the agreement gives the city four important things.

“Work will start immediately. He must use licensed tradespeople. We can get into any of the properties with a 48-hour notice, and we don’t have to send certified mail to multiple addresses to prove service,” Serazin said. “For Schneider, the money he would spend on legal fees and litigation can now be put into his properties.”

The agreement does not stop the city from going after other properties owned by Schneider if enforcement action is needed.

Serazin said the Building Department has ranked the homes, and the agreement calls for Schneider to start on the worst homes first. The homes are 249 Gates Ave., 217 Gates Ave., 239 Gates Ave., 341 West River Road N., 341½ West River Road N., 119 Parkview Court, 127 Parkview Court and 136 W. Bridge St.

“He’s got 75 days to make the necessary corrections to remedy the building code violations on each home,” Serazin said. “This keeps matters proceeding forward at a steady pace.”

As long as Schneider makes good-faith efforts to repair his homes, extensions will be given as needed.

“Based on what we see, repairs are going on. We will continue to watch him closely,” Serazin said. “When things get to the Common Pleas Court level, you can stall them indefinitely with motions and appeals. That just didn’t seem to be in the city’s or Mr. Schneider’s best interests — especially when both of us agree work needed to be done. It was just a matter of what needed to be done and how soon.”

It was the once-deplorable conditions of 352 S. Maple St. that got attention for Schneider from the city. For 2½ years, the city and Schneider battled in court.

As time progressed, the city went after more dilapidated houses owned by Schneider.

“I can’t speak for previous years, but housing code enforcement is now a priority in this office,” Serazin said. “The neighbors have a right to have the house next to them taken care of. And, in this case, we had an actual owner, not a bank or absentee owner, who we could force to do the repairs.”

Schneider, who estimates he owns fewer than 20 homes in Elyria — he didn’t have an exact number — said he is happy with the agreement because it keeps his homes standing.

“That’s all I wanted from the city is the time to do the work so I can get good people in those houses,” he said. “Another vacant lot that nobody mows don’t do anybody any good.”

He said the home on South Maple Street is an example of what he can do. He has tenants in that house and that money can be used to help with other repairs. The more tenants he acquires, the more work he can afford to have done.

“People like to give landlords a bad rap, but we are doing what we can to give people a good place to live,” he said. “We have our problems with tenants too with not paying, but in the end, all we want is good people in our houses.”

Schneider said he will use contractors licensed to work in the city and will abide by the timetable set in the agreement.

Sean Nichols, 31, of Gates Avenue, lives within a short walk to three houses owned by Schneider. He said he would welcome the repairs and can’t wait until they start.

“In the six years that I have lived here as a renter, there hasn’t been a single resident in any of the homes,” he said. “The street has enough problems without adding vacant homes to the mix. It’s kind of scary to have vacant homes in a neighborhood with so many kids around.”

Nichols said he often has to call the police about people trespassing at the homes, but “you can’t stop people from sneaking into these houses at 2:30 a.m.”

While Nichols is a proponent of demolition when necessary — two vacant homes on Gates Avenue already have been demolished and turned into community gardens — making the houses into homes through repairs is also important to help the neighborhood.

“We can’t keep tearing down houses and putting up gardens,” he said. “At some point, the owner has to step up and do their part.”

The South Maple Street home that started the city and Schneider down this road has been brought up to code with the Building Department signing off for tenant occupancy. It is rented and Serazin said the city is in the process of dropping its lawsuit against Schneider in relation to the property.

Councilman Marcus Madison, D-5th Ward, lives across the street from the Maple Street house and was very vocal in expressing displeasure at the property’s condition.

“The house looks a lot better than it used to,” Madison said. “It was a source of blight for so many years and the fact that it is now up to code shows that Mr. Schneider is capable of doing the work when it needs to be done.”

The uniqueness of this agreement — it’s the first time the city has had to negotiate with the owner of multiple properties — provided the city with valuable learning experience, Madison said. Prior to Schneider, the city has not had to deal with a property owner fighting a condemnation and demolition order in court.

“It has shown us that, as a city, we have to have every tool available to work with property owners and make sure we hold them responsible,” he said. “This sets the bar for other cases that come down the road. We will work with our property owners, but they have to be responsive to concerns.”

Madison said he can’t wait until the other houses Schneider owns in his ward are brought up to code.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

  • Pablo Jones

    So 50 rental cases went to court and this guy was responsible for 16% of them. And surprise surprise current laws worked. But let’s raise fees for everyone.

  • Sis Delish

    I see nothing but promise for the house in the photo…around October.

    • Rtgh123

      Your avatar is funny! I hope you don’t drive on public roads (socialism), use the libraries (I KNOW you don’t read books. Scratch that one), ever use public services like police or fire departments (socialism). Do you buy anything grown by farmers? The government uses tax payer funds to keep farmers growing food for your ignorant pie hole. Are you going to refuse social security when you retire (you probably didn’t earn enough work credits to receive SS, anyway, SOCIALISM). Do you ever go to public parks (that would be after you have to be hydraulically lifted through a window to leave your house since you probably don’t fit through doors. Public parks are funded through SOCIALISM). Start by earning your GED. From there you can go on to higher education and possibly stop being so lacking in knowledge.

      • Sis Delish

        Go on, tell me more about how Socialism has made you who you are.

        • Rtgh123

          Wow. What an articulate and profound explanation of your dim witted views that utilized your IQ of 83 and tenth grade education.

          • Sis Delish

            I’d wager that you Socialistic babble probably has taken you far in life… and you over utilization of demeaning comments about one’s education level most certainly shows you paid attention to your Educators–where else could a Superiority Complex spawn from… You Mom?

  • Arietta Sullivan

    there should be a law for all landlords to have ‘licensed tradespeople’. a 12 pack of beer&$20,$50,or $100 is only going to fix for what the landlord offers in payments&unfortunately, the tenant has to pay for..

    • HankKwah

      What?

      • Arietta Sullivan

        you have to get the cotton out of your ears to hear me

        • HankKwah

          Maybe if you could write a sentence that could be understood???

          a 12 pack of beer&$20,$50,or $100 is only going to fix for what the landlord offers in payments&unfortunately, the tenant has to pay for..

          Is that supposed to be a complete sentence? Or were you babbling yet again? Even your reply to Brian below this is ridiculous. Try using capital letters, the correct tense and some punctuation if you want others to take you seriously.

          • Arietta Sullivan

            Thank you for the education tip,(blowing kisses). I had no idea I was still in school. I do not take commenting on a story,seriously,as you. It is,only,my opinion,on a story.I don’t worry about ‘proving’ that I do know how to write correctly unlike you,on a blog. If it counted as a grade,it would be different.&It’s not. Truly,your opinion, has no value to me. No two people comments the same,let alone,think the same. YOU NEED to realize that someone is making,an opinion,and not worrying about proper English. Also, I’m not here to have anyone take me,seriously,I’m here,only,to make an opinion. Thank You…Sincerely, Arietta P.S. Please send back grade teacher ;)

          • HankKwah

            And yet again, if you’re going to comment, try doing so such that people can understand what you’re writing. If you write for $&it, then you’re wasting our time and making yourself look like you have no idea what you’re talking about.

            If my opinion had no value to you, you wouldn’t have spent so much time responding. Whatever your opinion might be, it’s wasted in your writing because no one can understand it. You throw commas in like they’re exclamation points or some sort of attack. You flunk again: Grade F-. But hey, it’s the effort that counts, right? (No, it’s not.)

          • Arietta Sullivan

            it sure in the hell was a great effort :) and you can follow the ‘F’ right behind with a ‘U;’ and again.i don’t know you,don’t care to know you,i could care less whatever it could be that made you so bitter to people.smh. i will send a prayer for your hurt&bitterness. it’s ok.it’s only a blog.GROW UP..it’s not hard. the only reason i gave your opinion any value cause #1 you’re being an A$$&i like to mess with people like you. #2 i have nothing better to do this time of the day except blog you cause you are special,my love.

          • HankKwah

            Not bitter to people, just to people that are so stupid they make the same mistakes over and over and then get butthurt because someone misunderstands them because they (meaning YOU) can’t write a complete, coherent sentence.

            Grow up?? LMAO Maybe you should go back to school and take remedial english. That would help the rest of us with your babbling. And you can kiss me where the sun don’t shine. :) All over there, too. Have a nice day!!

          • Arietta Sullivan

            lmfao stupid now,huh? ok i agree with you on this one cause i’m wasting a few more minutes,on your pathetic ass,before i go to bed. butthurt?? dude/chick/it..whatever you are,since you hide behind a mask on here cause people like you likes to run your mouth but can’t show your face. you are the last person on earth today that hurt my feelings.your opinion has no value,actually,you don’t have no value to me in my life.yes,i am cold hearted like that..i don’t know you so truly could care less about you. i had a beautiful day,thank you,i hope you did too :) i don’t need or want to go back to school but thank you for your advice(kisses) i’ll kiss it,baby,bend it over ;) goodnight my love xoxo

          • Rtgh123

            You should spend a minute or two learning about the use of commas. Do you think commas are interchangeable with italics? Or exclamation points?

          • HankKwah

            Thank you.

          • Arietta Sullivan

            ok,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!,,,,,,,,!!!!!!,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!,,,,,!!!!!!,,,,,,!!!!!! is that better? you or anyone isn’t hurting my feelings.i’m having fun!!!!!!! lmfao

          • HankKwah

            You still can’t write a decent sentence. Practice offline before you come back here.

          • Arietta Sullivan

            no

          • Arietta Sullivan

            thank you for unblocking me.i hate to hide behind a mask.the reason why i don’t have a pic for my facebook because as you can see,on my list,i have very few people,mostly,family&i don’t think they need a reminder of my face everyday lmao

          • HankKwah

            Yea, I’m quite sure none of us here wants to see your real face.

            Funny, how this developed into what it is, because you can’t write a simple sentence, and I couldn’t understand your babble. You liberals are all the same.

          • ILOVEHankKwah

            nope,nobody and i mean nobody wants to see my face.you will run&scream. ok you won..i’m bored oh&if it makes you happy.i’m crying now lmfao oh and there’s no such thing as liberalism in the human race no more. sad sad world&you are a part of it.me,i’m in my own little world.

          • HankKwah

            ,i’m in my own little world”

            You win the “state the obvious” contest.

          • ILOVEHankKwah

            damn straight ;)

          • Arietta Sullivan

            ;) xoxo

          • Arietta Sullivan

            and i mean nobody lol this was fun. thank you. you won.you’re right&i’m wrong. ;) kisses P.S. i had to edit a word,i’m so stupid. lol

          • HankKwah

            Can’t add anything to that. :D

          • ILOVEHankKwah

            lol ok then.talk at ya later. we have to quit this online line..people may just start talking :P :D and i better see you at school so you can carry my books for me lol

          • Arietta Sullivan

            ok now i can terminate my troll page since i’m done having fun with you. :) ;) thank you again

          • HankKwah

            And now you’re a hypocrite. You can kiss my “pathetic” a##. I could make some guesses about you with the name “Arietta”, but I won’t go there. I’d probably nail it with every guess.

            BlahBlahBlah My opinion has no value, yet you continue to come back and try to insult me and refute my statements.
            You’re ignorant, incapable of writing coherent sentences, and then get mad when someone calls you on the carpet for it. You DO need to go back to school, because I know 2 year olds that can write better sentences than you. Can’t wait to see what you write next.

            You have now achieved “troll” status. Congrats.

          • ILOVEHankKwah

            lmfao i’ve always had the title “TROLL” where you been?

          • ILOVEHankKwah

            i’ve always been a troll. i created it. lmfao are you thinking AIRHEAD!!! my mama calls me that&i hope you came up with something more creative then the rest of the world. lmfao i’m,not,trying, to,insult,you,i’m,only, having, fun,i,told, you,i,have,nothing,to,do,at,this,time,of,the, morning,but,to,screw,with,people, like,you, YOU NEED to go back to church and i bet i can nail your religion down lol.

          • HankKwah

            Do you always repeat yourself so much?

            Yet another person that I embarrassed who’s now so butthurt they’re going to follow me around. So popper, how long did it take you to work around the block that the CT set up?

            It’s funny, because all I wanted was clarification of the babbling that you did at the top and it has come to you using my name as your pseudonym. Jealous much?

          • ILOVEHankKwah

            oh about 20 minutes to go around the block.i had to take my morning dump then come back to you. whoever,maybe it’s you, that runs this blogs blocked my comments from my facebook page ARIETTA SULLIVAN. i’m following you around cause i like picking with you.you are not a sore loser. you’re funny. embarrassed?? once again, that’s another part of me you don’t know about..i do that a lot and don’t care what others thinks about it. lol

          • ILOVEHankKwah

            lmfao jealous?? what does using your name has to do with being jealous?? i maybe obsessed over you but not jealous lmfao

          • ILOVEHankKwah

            i’m not going to clarify my very first comment to this story now because it’s been 3 days ago plus, you are such a college nerd that i bet you can figure it out.lol and the BIG plus..I’M HAVING SO MUCH FUN WITH YOU.. ;) KISSES

          • ILOVEHankKwah

            and yes i ALWAYS REPEAT MYSELF..did you hear me?? I ALWAYS REPEAT MYSELF..did you hear me?? I ALWAYS REPEAT MYSELF lmao

          • Arietta Sullivan

            by the way..we all came to the conclusion,that you must be a landlord,who takes the cheap way out because this was what got your asinine remarks out of your big mouth. who’s offended? not me.

          • HankKwah

            “We all”? LMAO
            If I’m a landlord, then you’re Section 8. And an idiot.

            And the fourth phrase in your massive run-on sentence makes no sense. Much like your very first comment, that you still haven’t clarified. Congrats, you’re a perfect example of why children should study hard in school. So they don’t end up like you.

          • Arietta Sullivan

            ok

          • ILOVEHankKwah

            i’m not on section 8 but would you give me a ride there so i can apply for it? lol i hope kids end up being more like me then you cause you’re bitter&i ignore people like you.i will pray for you.

          • HankKwah

            You make absolutely no sense at all. And you would be wise to follow the sign you posted on FB 19 hours ago. Funny how those that share signs like that are the most guilty of the crime they accuse others of.

          • ILOVEHankKwah

            ahhhh now you’re trolling me…how sweet darling..kisses lol

          • B4CE

            The Great Honker with his 2600+ posts loves to say he does not post often because his opinions are so superior to others , that it’s a waste of time.
            He declares “Troll” at the drop of a hat, all correcting sentence structure. Rarely commenting on the actual story, but more often commenting and correcting another’s post.
            Click to “follow” Honking Hank to really get a full spectrum on how this guy operates. It’s kind of comical how he tries to put everyone down on line. Childish name calling, cries of immaturity and insults are his MO.
            Give him a break though, his life has to be pretty pathetic to devote this much time to posting just to make himself feel better about himself

          • HankKwah

            The Great Troll himself gets in on the game, because he can’t do it all by himself. LOL

            I’m just following your lead, b3. And if you want to discuss pathetic lives, let’s discuss yours, since you’re the one following me. :) And now your girlfriend Airheadetta is, too.

            Who’s trolling whom? Yea, that’s what I thought.

          • Arietta Sullivan

            he’s not my boyfriend..you are ;) lol

          • Arietta Sullivan

            oh and that was unique,the nickname..lol awesome :) i have lots of them.i’m special :)

          • B4CE

            I’ll admit, I was foolish for taking you at face value. I was under the impression you were being honest when you said,” I don’t post much”. Little did I know that you are close to 2700 posts and have an opinion about EVERYTHING and a correction for almost every poster’s comments.
            So yes, my life may be pathetic, but I do have one. And it consists of more than correcting posters and calling people trolls. You win ( if you call posting 2700 comments to anonymous people online winning), I simply can’t compete with your prolific post rates.
            As far as trolling, you a rank right up there with SIS D. You two are in a class by yourselves.
            As my children, and you, may say, “POST MUCH TROLL.”?

          • HankKwah

            Blah. Blah. Blah. You want to be exact about things and put everything into perspective, go back and see when I STARTED posting. You libs try to distort and exaggerate about EVERYTHING. And I DON’T have an opinion on everything, JUST the things that interest me. You are a congenital idiot that cries when he/she’s put in his/her place yet, like a groundhog and despite past experience, keeps popping his head out of the hole, getting whacked in his head, and expects different the next time around.

            The first thing you’ve ever said that I agree with: your life is pathetic, especially when you call me a troll, but follow me so that you can comment on whatever I say. I couldn’t care less about you or your postings, EXCEPT WHEN they’re addressed to me, go counter to my beliefs OR you’re acting like a complete idiot which, honestly, is quite often.

            Hypocrite that you are, you are also grossly ignorant of what a troll actually is. A troll (go look in the mirror) comes onto comment and bulletin boards with the express intent of stirring things up and giving people the business, just because. THAT’S what YOU do. The majority of the time, I’m commenting on the article, unless I’m seeking clarification of someone’s opinion.

            So, unless you want to stand up and be proud of your ‘TROLL’ status, stop following me, and leave me the phuque alone. Otherwise, you’re going to find yourself getting whacked in the head again. And again.

            Capisce?

          • B4CE

            “The lady doth protest too much me thinks”
            Or as you and the children are fond of saying, ” explain yourself much?”
            That’s a long post to justify your 2700 posts. Makes me warm and fuzzy inside that you’d spend all that time to Explain why you’re not a troll… TROLL!

          • HankKwah

            Dude/dudette,

            You’re an idiot. I see you didn’t try to deny. Smart move.

            Keep in mind: You’re following me. And you’re still too stupid to understand the grand scheme of things.

            Enjoy.

          • B4CE

            You’ re the idiot that keeps replying to me.
            In the grand scheme of things? Well, you have almost 2700 posts . Which goes to back up my original statement , you have an opinion on just about everything, and a comment for just about everyone, which makes you a TROLL, with no life

          • Arietta Sullivan

            exactly. I quit trolling on this story until i came across it on another’s page&got curious lol i,still,see my love (lol),HankKwah, hasn’t just crawled back in their dark hole yet. HankKwah showed me that he’s a sour puss with no sense of humor.i,only,stated an opinion,on a story,that didn’t have HankKwah name in it&they JUST HAD TO show me their shoe size&try to make me cry with their insults instead i returned with aggravating for fun. it worked,as you can see lol people like him/her/it,whatever, lol but with lost souls like this one..i breathe it in&take what i want&spit the rest of it out.good thing i had to break up with HankKwah,online,because with such a nasty attitude with others,especially ones,he doesn’t even know..well who knows,i may have got slugged in the nose. I’m happy to say I’M NOT STUPID to NOT have these types of morons in my life. Have a good day :)

          • HankKwah

            Maybe if you stopped following me, just so you can comment on my remarks? Your original statement was a lie and you know it. And you still don’t know what you’re talking about.

          • B4CE

            Maybe if you stop replying to my remarks…. Naw, you’re like an addict. Always gotta get your two cents worth. Then declare victory and call everyone names. Oh, and brilliant come back with the dudette name, after I called you a lady.
            I know what I’m talking about; Honking Hank is a TROLL!

          • HankKwah

            Goes both ways. But you don’t see it like that.

            Funny, I didn’t even notice you called me a lady. Don’t really read your rants, they’re all the same. Whine-cry-rant-8itch, severe case of diarrhea of the mouth. Pretty much all you’re capable of writing.

            So go ahead, have your little cry over how I’m such a troll, and you can finally declare victory!! I won’t reply back. Fact is, I won’t even read it. Again.

          • B4CE

            Yes you will, You’ll reply back. You can’t help it, you are a weak individual. A TROLL. You’ll read it, and you’ll reply. You need this to validate your life. With out it, you have nothing, you are nothing with out all your put downs and self righteous internet trolling

          • Arietta Sullivan

            oh..and you are my hero ;) lol

    • Brian_Reinhardt

      Sure thing…

      Hope you can afford the rent payment after “licensed tradespeople” gouge us.

      • Arietta Sullivan

        lmao that’s already happening..being gouge for rent in a house that needs so much work&not worth the value that’s being asked for but it doesn’t do nothing with complaining,nothing is going to change..so we all have to make the best of it.

  • Pablo Jones

    That house is full of potential. I can’t wait to see it on This Old House.

  • golfingirl

    He should also have been forced to live in the house in the photo for one year.

    I bet it would be fixed up real quick if that were made part of the “deal.”

  • HankKwah

    He’s got more houses than that in Lorain that are huge problems. He’s a huge problem in the courts, too. Someone in Lorain please take note of what Elyria has forced him to do!

  • Barbara Radke

    Always quick to blame the renters, but I don’t think they climbed up on the roof and did that damage, or to the gutters and so on.

  • loraineritchey

    George owns more than the 169 under his own name ( obviously he has gained 5 more since I wrote about him less than a year ago then he had 164 he and other join in a merry little band of mega landlords

    GEORGE SCHNEIDER = (Under his own name) = 164
    Also
    G AND S PROPERTIES = (INCLUDING Jay Metals 1965 E 28th) 3

    Also a
    GNS PROPERTIES = 1
    GEORGE (misspelled ) SCHENIDER= 6
    Also affiliated with

    REDS ALL AMERICAN RECYCLING = ( David Carter) = 52
    DAVID CARTER= 12

    Also affiliated with

    FGSK PROPERTIES (inc Gustav AND Anna Krause) = 19
    GUSTAV KRAUSE = 12
    ANNA KRAUSE = 6
    TOTAL PROPERTIES FOR THIS GROUPING = 275

  • loraineritchey

    two years ago I wrote about the legal situation and the “judge” not ment- it is so frustrating to watch this process- all writings are documented

    http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/george-schneider-the-legal-arguments-give-it-some-english/

  • Carrie Watson

    I’m happy just to have one house, geez!

  • Lisa Jones

    My daughter lives in one of his houses in Lorain and he was suppose to pay the water bill and they as tenants would pay gas and electric they were there almost a year and there water got shut off the water company said he hasnt paid the water bill in over a year the bill was over 2,000 dollars and they said he had to pay the bill before the water could get turn back on thank God someone help my daughter she has 4 children and they fixed it so that she could pay her part of the water bill and they got it turned back on . there water pipes froze all winter long and the ceiling fell 2 times and this man will not fix anything…

    • luvmytoaster

      4 children in this day and age? Tell her to put a nickel between her knees.

      • Lisa Jones

        how mean can you be luvmytoaster my daughter happens to be married to the father of her 4 children and not on welfare so now what do you have smart to say.. they work hard for what they get and got and that was uncalled for..

        • luvmytoaster

          I’m not trying to be mean and I’m happy to hear that she is married to the father of her four children and not on welfare, hopefully that includes food stamps and any other form of government assistance…..but he looks to be a slum lord – just saying that maybe she could have lived in a nicer house/neighborhood if it weren’t for the fact that there are six of them in the family.