Recently posted: ”Virginia Beach Slumlords: Virginia and Dan Crate”
My brother and his family rented 545 Seeman Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 from Virginia and Dan Crate for 5+ years. My brother had serious desire to buy the home, but after much consideration, he chose a home closer to where his work will soon relocate to. What strengthened my brother’s change of mind was the lack of trust, integrity and witnessed deception of the landlords to resolve major issues over a 5+yr period.
1. On multiple occasions the family expressed concern of SIGNIFICANT black mold that increasingly impacted the children and parents’ health. To this day (6 days before formally vacating) nothing was done. NOTHING except the family using an industrial fan (below the front master bedroom) to ventilate the stinch of 1+ foot water and loads of black mold covering the crawl space.
2. It took the a/c system breaking after 4 years of complaints to the landlords of $1000+/mo electric bills for them to actually replace the system. They replaced the broken system but refused to replace the duct work that STILL partially ventilates the outdoors! The electric bills have averaged $500/mo since the replaced system. That is STILL an outrageous bill for 3300sq ft. living space!
3.Under a Lease/Purchase agreement stating my brother’s responsibility to repair/replace broken appliances, my brother replaced (and upgraded) the dishwasher AND stove/range when both broke at different times. Now that the landlords are enraged my brother purchased a home elsewhere, they expect him to PAY for new appliances claiming he didn’t have the right to replace these items and the items he DID replace do not match. Hmm…replaced older, broken black/white appliances with a black electric paneled, flat top stove & dishwasher that coincidently match the black microwave. The only thing that didn’t match was the white fridge.
4. Numerous times, the family complained of electrical issues throughout the home AND the smell of fish oil at the main electrical box. The family couldn’t use all 4 burners on the stove w/o the circuit breaker popping. It was impossible to blow dry hair in the front bathroom with the family room lights on. The circuit breaker consistently popped.
At NO TIME would these landlords do ANYTHING to resolve this very serious matter either. There ARE other issues the family faced while renting from these slumlords, but the most pertinent are posted here.
When my brother gave formal notification of vacating the property on 1/15/12, these people retaliated with an email full of severe malice and intent to destroy my brother’s career and that they intend to take him to court for every little thing they can. All of this over my brother’s final decision to not purchase this home. These slumlords expect timely payments (which was done consistently over 5+ years *with proof* excluding 1 month) yet they continually neglected very serious issues that affected the medical and physical safety of my brother’s family and belongings.
Seriously, how can a buyer trust these home owners to safely repair these issues prior to a home sale after witnessing first hand their lack of care to the property, lack of care for your family’s health and safety and their lack of ethics handling these very issues at hand. What’s worse is the fact that the husband IS a General Contractor so he can get away with fixing these issues w/the least quality-grade items to barely pass a home inspection. He’s a GC and couldn’t even fix these very serious issues! Five years of this nonsense just to now deal with these arrogant people in a courtroom.
Virginia (Jenny) and Dan Crate can NOT be trusted to do what they promise. They are most certainly slumlords with pure malice if they do not get their way…even if their way seriously harms another life. Renters and buyers beware.