Two college students think that the house at 41 Clinton Street is the worst college rental house in the entire village. They lived there, so they should know.
When you walk by the house at 41 Clinton Street, you can see some obvious code violations. But while the outside of the house isn’t a total eyesore, the former tenants report that the inside is hideous. The college rental is owned by a Limited Liability Corporation, 41 Clinton, LLC. But property listings indicate that it is owned by Brian Briggs of 30 Stover Road in Gates. It is a 1,786 square foot multiple occupancy house that has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
At first glance, the exterior of the house is in better shape than some of the other college houses in the Village. But if you walk down Gardiner Alley to the back of the house, you’ll see the rear door to the house is missing. It has been removed and placed against the side of the house by the garbage cans. On the other side of the house, there is something that looks like a window propped against the side of the house.
When the college students rented the house, some of the windows were broken and there were gaps between the window casings and the wall. The other windows did not lock properly. When the students signed the lease, the landlord told them that he would have the windows replaced before they moved in. But the windows were not replaced, and so air would come in through the gaps. This caused the heating bill to skyrocket during the cold months. The windows weren’t replaced until this summer after the students had moved out.
The door handle kept falling off, and the carpets throughout the house were filthy. They smelled and were held together by duct tape. The two bathrooms were disgusting. They were constantly covered in mold and the ceilings were sagging. There was brown goo dripping into the kitchen. The kitchen floor was a disaster, with brown yuck seeping up through the floor whenever anybody walked on it. At one point, there was also water coming from up through the kitchen floor.
When the snow melted, there were multiple leaks from the roof and part of the roof caved in. To make matters worse, two students say that the landlord kept the security deposits from each of the tenants when they moved out.
These issues seem to crop up in a lot of college rental houses in Brockport. But is 41 Clinton Street the worst college rental house in Brockport? The exterior of the house at 65 Clinton Street is in much worse shape, but we don’t know what the interior is like. The exterior of the rental house at 176 Utica Street used to be a serious eye-sore. But the exterior siding was replaced last year. That’s the house where the landlord left the scaffolding up I front of the house all winter, all spring, and well into the summer. But former tenants of that house have also told their new landlords this year that the house at 176 Utica Street has the same kind of brown goo coming up through the kitchen floor.
This is an ongoing problem in the student rental housing in Brockport. The best thing students can do, if they find themselves in this kind of situation, is to contact the Village Code Enforcement Officer at 585-637-5300, extension 14.
If the tenants call the Code Enforcement Officer and invite him inside, he and his assistants can enter the rental property, observe the situation, and then issue a ticket to the landlord for the code violations. Without that invitation to come inside, there isn’t much the Code Enforcement Officer can do. Many college students are hesitant to do that because they think the landlord will keep their security deposit if they call the Code Enforcement Officer. But the landlords who unjustly keep the security deposit might keep the security deposit anyway.