The slumlords names are Marlene & Terry Dunn. I forgot their address but I know it’s the 5100 block of North Kolmar here in Chicago - (773) 991-7112
is the bitch’s number . I have been checking Craigslist to see if she would post that dump for rent & sure enough she did (raised the rent $50.00 more too!) I just want to warn people about that building because it is SO dangerous and disgusting it’s unreal. They brag how they have owned it for over 30 years & how they take trips here and there while their dilapidated building sits and rots, they are laughing all the way to the bank.
My kids got SO sick the last few months living there I was ready to sue her ass. My youngest daughter ended up in the ER because she couldn’t breathe & we spent the entire month before moving at the doctor – She got asthma and was put on 3 different inhalers: constant headaches (everyone) weird rashes.. the works! That place is running rampant with mold & I lost all of my furniture because of it. Anything you couldn’t throw in the washer or wipe down you could consider gone – some of the clothes were so badly molded they couldn’t be saved. I called the city inspectors out and they came, were not interested in the mold a single bit. They wanted to get into the basement really bad, I’m positive they have been to that dump before because the guy knew exactly where all the light switches were :| He was too busy telling me about how his basement flooded etc. I looked up the report on the Chicago department of buildings website and what a JOKE! he put “mild mold” what a slap in the face! This slumlord has 2 gas dryers in the basement that are not vented outside but rather vented through the enclosed back porch, I told the inspector that and I guess that’s not an issue?! He didn’t even write it in the report.
I’m not surprised though cause this isn’t the first inspector I have dealt with my kids have been pretty much guinea pigs for slumlord ridden buildings for the past 15 years. My oldest daughter who is now 17 got lead poisoning when she was 2 years old ..the highest in a Chicago child’s blood ever her level was 204 which is unheard of. I couldn’t tell you how many inspectors came to that building and got paid off because nothing ever happened to the slumlord and the back porch which made her sick (painted with lead) is STILL in the same condition it was 15 years ago. You can add that slumlords name to the list as well. Carl Usry – I don’t have any info for him -hopefully he’s dead by now My daughter has suffered her entire life because of that lead poisoning and he walked away like it didn’t matter.
Another slumlord you can add is Juan & Lilia Diaz (think they skipped town) the address is 4841 N. Kostner, Chicago, Illinois – lived there for 3 years ..always paid cash in rent (HUGE MISTAKE!) never had a problem until my son got sick from mold then spent a week in the hospital, told those slumlords he got sick from their dump and the next thing I knew the sheriff was knocking on my door with eviction papers. Those cowards went to a lawyer and told him we hadn’t paid the rent in two months! LIES! I went to court..got a lawyer and counter sued..they didn’t even show up. It turns out that building had been in foreclosure the last year we lived there and they were pocketing every dime I gave them. I called the city inspector to come out and got the report back and he put “claim has no merit” tell that to my son who was gasping for air in the hospital. Back to the dump I just moved out of – a few fun facts about that place.
Forget about using the heater – the sewer is constantly backing up and the sewer hole is located right next to the heater in the basement so when you turn your heat on (the vents are on the floor) the smell will make you puke & on the rare occasion that it’s not backed up there is a constant foul -hard to describe: musty, moldy old basement smell coming up.
Back in January or February the guy upstairs died and was dead on the toilet for a week or so. The slumlords came and got a nasty little surprise. The neighbor next door said she seen the slumlord go into his car and grab a bottle of Windex out of his trunk.. I don’t think they were cleaning the windows. That’s their idea of “cleaning” bodily fluids. I suppose, anything to save a dime.
There are two illegal apartments in that building [4841 N. Kostner] on the 2nd and 3rd floor: one way in and one way out. It’s a revolving door over there. People don’t stay long. You’ll have strangers knocking on your door asking if they can cut through your apartment because they can’t get through the back door.
The cops are always flashing flashlights through the front windows in the middle of the night looking for the scum bags who used to live there even though you have told them a million times they no longer live there.
They bring “repair” people in who are flat out alcoholics and drug addicts into your apartment to “fix” stuff and it’s done SO half-assed they shouldn’t even bother. Any little thing will take them FOREVER and they wanna sit in your apartment the entire time.
They have a “repair” guy named Carlos who is a complete and utter moron. He has no clue what he is doing and she had him replace the bathroom floor, only because it was falling in. The whole time he was doing the floor he kept saying he “didn’t know what he was doing but would try his best”. He cracked a tile on the last day and it spider webbed the whole floor. The floor was still falling in; he did a horrible job. When you fill the bath tub up with water and drain it the entire bathroom floods. The cap on the floor wasn’t replaced. Carlos told her about it, her answer: “caulk it”. After they “repaired” the bathroom is was a mess and a half. I told her ‘this bathroom is falling apart. I’m sick of it.’ She just gave me a stupid look like “oh well”.
All the floors are falling in and if you don’t have a library of books to level every single piece of furniture you place on that floor, you’re screwed! I got a bulging disc in my neck because the bedroom floor was SO bad I had to put a stupid amount of books under it to try and level it out a bit. That bedroom is a slanted hill, I’m not kidding. Her answer: “maybe you need a new mattress” I had a new mattress, a $1,400 one to be exact that got thrown away because it was ruined from mold.
If you wanna sleep at night, forget it. There is a nut job upstairs who vacuums 24/7. The front stairs are ALWAYS buzzing with loud mouth drunks day and night who party all night until the wee hours of the morning, the big mouth on the 3rd floor likes to take cigarette breaks every 10-15 minutes on the back porch starting from 9-10pm until 3 in the morning and talking as loud as she possibly can. If by the rare chance the building is quiet the house next door will make up for it: dogs constantly barking, people whistling all night long in the gangway so the dope dealer can bring out drugs , LOUD music day and night. They like to shoot over there too especially in the summer – gang ridden area and is getting worse & their favorite thing is breaking out car windows! It happens every single day on that block, all you see is broken glass on the ground over there.
They tap off other peoples electricity so they can have those illegal apartments.
They NEVER clean the hallways, shovel snow or throw down salt.
Had Carlos spend months on end doing her dirty work in the basement nailing pieces of wood, ply wood etc.. to the ceilings to hide the fact that the floors are falling apart and falling through.
The building has NEVER been registered with the city and they refuse to put a management sign on the outside. The slumlord is a retired cop so I guess they’re special.
The slumlord will carry a bible around with him like he’s a fricking saint, fist full of cash in one hand, bible in the other… pathetic!
They should be forced to tear down that building at their own expense since they “own buildings” and all. They’re milking it for every dime they can and it’s sickening. I lived there for 23 LONG months and paid them a total of $20,125.00 and they didn’t put a dime back into it. It’s a crying shame.
I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot of stuff but you get the idea, hopefully the word will get out and no one will ever rent from these assholes. Someone is going to get seriously hurt or killed in that dump and then, maybe they will be forced to shut it down but I doubt it. The Chicago Department of Buildings is a joke and I am glad I finally have a beautiful apartment with landlords who actually maintain their building and care about their tenants. It’s a rare find in this city and I couldn’t be happier!
Take it from me because, sadly, I learned the hard way about rotten, money grubbing slumlords. ALWAYS check the Chicago Department of Buildings website reports before you rent a place, you can learn lots about a building before renting and if they have complaint after complaint against them then move on. Never pay cash, ever. People are SO evil they will stop at nothing to make you the bad guy even though they are in the wrong, hence Juan & Lilia Diaz.
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Thank you for creating a site, it’s about time someone stands up to these vultures.