Binghamton Property Owners Unite

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Are you a Binghamton Property Owner facing financial hardship due to the Covid-19 moratorium on rental evictions?

 

My name is Michael Reid. I am a rental property owner in Binghamton NY, currently owning 23 properties. I work more than 60 hours a week, and I am struggling to pay bills. If you own rental property in Upstate NY you are probably experiencing the same struggles I am.

2020 has been an unprecedented year on so many levels. The New York State government has done a LOT to help those negatively impacted by COVID-19. In fact, a large percentage of the population over the last 6 months has received more money on unemployment than they did working, and many others on public assistance received the same guaranteed income they are accustomed to.

After a brief investigation of the 23 properties I own, I am not aware of a single tenant that has actually been negatively impacted financially by COVID-19. Yet the state government has made it abundantly clear that despite being better off financially, tenants cannot be evicted for any reason including non-payment of rent. Some would argue that our State government has actually encouraged tenants not to pay their rent.

I think we are all struggling and trying to figure out how to protect our properties, our investments and in many cases our livelihood!!!!!

Do you feel like the rights to your property have been stripped away by New York State?

Are you frustrated and hurt with the power New York State has given to non-paying tenants?

Are you frustrated and angry with your inability to protect your own property?

Are you baffled by the free pass given to your tenants while you remain responsible for your mortgage payment, taxes, water bills and more?

Are you confused and angry wondering how courts can open to site you for code violations, in most cases created by the non-paying tenant, yet courts cannot open for evictions that would give back possession of your property and the ability to address the code violations?

Then it’s time to do something about it! By joining Binghamtonpropertyunite.com you will be able to:

  1. Share information about problem tenants in an effort to protect yourself as well as your fellow landlord.
  2. Connect and discuss the issues we are facing as property owners with like-minded individuals.

And most importantly

  1. Join forces to promote legislative change that will give us back the rights to our own properties.

Currently I am seeking the following changes:

  1. To abate all water/sewer charges incurred by non-paying tenants during the time period where courts were closed.
  2. A prorated abatement of real estate taxes for the same time period.
  3. The ability to evict “John” & “Jane Doe” from your property versus having to know the exact names of all occupants that you may not have consented to renting to.

Why should I join BPOU.com?

The goal of BPOU.com is to bring property owners and managers together in an effort to force legislators to address and change the unfair practices that have been implemented against property owners. Additionally BPOU.com is creating a database that will provide enhanced tenant screening, as membership grows the database will grow and become more encompassing.

Does BPOU.com want to evict or pursue action against tenants ACTUALLY financially impacted by COVID-19?

No, BPOU was founded on the belief that most tenants falling behind on rental payments are simply abusing the system intended to protect society and stop or at least slow the spread of COVID-19. For those tenants in the minority that have actually suffered financially due to COVID-19 and can document their hardship and have made a good faith attempt to make payment arrangements for their rent should be shown flexibility and compassion.

Why do I have to own or a manage a rental unit to become a member?

BPOU.com has been created specifically by property owners and for property owners with the primary focus on legislative change and enhanced tenant screening practices.

What does my membership fee pay for?

Membership fees cover the cost of setting up and maintaining a secure website. As the site grows membership fees may be used for marketing / promotional materials and legal expenses as needed.

Can I get information about perspective tenants on BPOU.com?

Yes, on BPOU.com you can search perspective tenants by name. The information is provided by BPOU.com members for BPOU.com members. BPOU.com relies on its members to provide information on current and previous tenants. The available information will be limited in the beginning but as membership grows you will be able to find info on hundreds and soon thousands of tenants.

How can BPOU.com help me with my tenant problems?

There is certainly no short or easy answer to this question, but virtually ALL property owners agree that SOMETHING has to be done. BPOU.com will organize property owners and create a force that cannot be ignored in Albany. As it stands now it could be Spring or Summer of 2021 and beyond before we can regain the rights to our own property and that is just unacceptable. By joining BPOU.com you will become part of a group committed to taking our properties back from the State. BPOU.com needs the support of all struggling property owners to show the NYS government how unfair and detrimental their actions have been.

What if I want to cancel my membership?

If for any reason you do not see the value in being part of BPOU.com, you can cancel at anytime by emailing mreid@binghamtonpropertyownersunite.com. A reason for cancellation is appreciated but not required.

What if I have concerns or issues not already being addressed by BPOU.com?

BPOU.com wants your input. If you have questions, concerns, or issues outside what we are already working to address please email mreid@binghamtonpropertyownersunite.com

Who should join BPOU.com?

Any property owner negatively impacted by the Covid-19 rent relief should join BPOU.com. Additionally any property owner wanting to participate in creating a central database for tenant screening would also bring and receive valuable information to BPOU.com

What if I’m a property owner and haven’t been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 rent relief?

You can still join and participate in the tenant screening portion of BPOU.com. You may also find value in the long terms goals of BPOU.com to restore and enhance the rights of property owners in Upstate New York.