Sunday, June 03, 2001

Landlord forced into rental unit

Judge orders building owner to move

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — A landlord required by court order to move into one of his dilapidated rental units has spent his first night in his new home.

        Stuart Kaplow, who owns several buildings near the Ohio State University campus, pleaded guilty to four housing code violations this week. Judge Richard Pfeiffer of Franklin County Environmental Court ordered Mr. Kaplow to spend every night there until all of his more than 80 rental units meet building codes.

        Reached at his office in his suburban Bexley mansion Saturday, Mr. Kaplow said he spent Friday night at one of his rental units and plans to stay there each night until he fulfills his court order.

        “It's nicer than what I stayed in when I was at Ohio State,” Mr. Kaplow said.

        Residents of the neighborhood said they've seen maintenance crews throughout the week fixing up the building where Mr. Kaplow now sleeps. Mr. Kaplow confirmed that and said he's renting other units at the building.

        Police say Mr. Kaplow's new neighborhood, an impoverished area southeast of the university, is a high-crime area where gang activity has been reported.

        “The apartment is not a problem. It's just a hostile environment,” he said.

        Mr. Kaplow's attorney, Sam Shamansky, said Saturday that his client has received threats and was planning to hire an off-duty police officer.


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