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Lee Holloway: AND Still a Slumlord

This is just sad.

Associates of Lee Holloway said the powerful County Board chairman was upset and embarrassed with a report earlier this year that suggested he was a slumlord because of the scores of building code violations at his various properties.

But apparently Holloway wasn’t embarrassed enough to eliminate the problems.

City records show the Milwaukee Democrat and his wife, Lynda, still face more than 150 violations at their mostly north side apartment complexes and rental units. That’s only a slight drop from five months ago.

“There’s been somewhat slow progress,” said Tom Mishefske, operations manager for the city Department of Neighborhood Services, which is monitoring the Holloways’ troubled properties.

The offenses range from minor matters such as leaky sinks and unsanitary basements to more serious matters such as roach and rodent infestation and unsafe second-floor porches.

No Quarter first became interested in the Holloway properties after being contacted by a volunteer adult tutor who was upset with the living conditions for one of her students. The apartment had leaking pipes, no running water in the kitchen, a hole in the ceiling in one room, windows that wouldn’t close and problems with the heating system.

The adult student, Catherine Alexander, has since moved out of the apartment but not before the Holloways took her to small claims court. The case was eventually dismissed.

The Holloways go on to tell the Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice they have hired a number of contractors to deal with their many infractions.  However, they are so under watch by the city housing officials, they’ve been placed under a single auditor to watch over all of their Milwaukee properties.  The couple seem to indicate the couple they can have all repairs done by until the end of September.

An apartment like this seems to indicate otherwise.

Catrina Williams, who lives in an apartment at 2027 W. Atkinson Ave., said she has repeatedly complained about conditions there. During a recent visit, Williams, 28, pointed out roaches in her kitchen, a leaking kitchen sink, a poorly covered hole in the ceiling of one room, extremely noisy neighbors and other problems in her apartment.

Williams said she has talked with her building manager and Lynda Holloway, but they have responded with little more than homemade concoctions – a mixture of baking soda and powdered sugar – for dealing with the roaches.

Lynda Holloway said Friday that she was unaware of the complaints. “What you’re telling me is news to me,” she said.

But Williams, who pays $525 a month in rent, said she is considering moving out of the apartment as early as today.

“I can’t live like this any more,” she said.

Geez, and I thought I lived under a slumlord when I first moved to Virginia.

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  • Flowersfrankie

    He and his wife should not only be brought up on charges but forced to live in one of their worst apartments