Why aren't landlords held accountable?
Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 1:34 pm

I have noticed something in Potsdam while trying to find an apartment: In order to find a decent one you have to shell out quite a bit of money. There are plenty of cheap places for college students to live, but most of them are disgusting. I visited one apartment building downtown where the hallway smelled strongly of vomit. Apparently it has been that way for about a month because no one ever cleans the hallway or the stairs. I know of another place where the tenant was told by the landlord it was “ready to move into” and when they got there the inside of the fridge was covered in mold and there was what appeared to be pieces of dog feces inside a closet. I realize many college students are probably not the cleanest tenants, but that doesn’t mean that those who are should have to live in smelly filth because landlords don’t bother to clean up after the dirty ones. That’s what security deposits are for, right? Isn’t there anyone that regulates this stuff and makes sure these places are kept in sanitary condition?