Landlord sentenced; allowed tenants to live in filth. WEST PRICE HILL, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- Calling him the definition of a slum lord, a judge Tuesday, Sept. 1, gave a former Price Hill property owner some time in jail. There will, of course, be running water in the jail; which was far more than what the landlord's tenants had. The problems at 4373 and 4375 West Eighth Street went back a long time. And if multiple pictures were worth thousands of words, there were some police pictures from inside an 18-unit complex which was supposed to be vacant. Words can be pretty descriptive too. Words about how then-landlord Byron Germany collected rent from people living where no one belonged. There was no water in the facility. The individuals that were living there in the apartment that Mr. Forman was talking about that was seen in her nightgown, she actually had to defecate in a garbage bag and throw it out the window to get rid of it, said Jennifer Dawson of the Cincinnati police department. Obviously a building with people living in it with no running water was terrible for the community. People could take a look right next door, the lawn was maintained, there were plants, flags. Then they went over to the building in question. It didn't look terrible on the outside, but inside it was pretty bad. In a plea bargain, a couple of charges against Germany were dropped in return for a guilty plea on not following fix-up orders and not keeping a vacant building vacant. Judge Brad Greenberg gave Germany 90 days as punishment and as a warning to other property owners who might do the same thing. Judge Greenberg said, That's what a slum landlord is. Someone who provides inferior housing and takes advantage of people you meet the definition of that. Judge Greenberg noted Germany had eleven previous felony convictions. Germany will begin serving his 90 days on the misdemeanor conviction the week of Sept. 7. Germany said he no longer owned the building in question. Follow Jeff Hirsh on Twitter @local12jeff and LIKE him on Facebook Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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