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A turtle rider from Woonsocket reached out to us recently about a situation involving a friend and a slumlord:
Check out these pictures:
It’s like Air B&B Mogadishu chapter.
Surely there had to be more to the story. The landlord, Ilanna Ball Coulbourn, is a well respected member of society who has a serious lack of Google trophies.
She has the respect of law enforcement:
She’s also a successful business owner:
But according to her there was nothing wrong with those pictures:
Yea, if you consider this an “in tact ceiling”
You might be a slumlord. Just sayin.
According to Ilanna it was the tenant’s choice to move into this shithole:
But since we’re fair and balanced we wanted to get both sides of the story. So we reached out to Ilanna on the Facebook machine….
The second you mention “cyberstalking and harassment” I automatically assume you’re a ratchet. I know this because we’re often accused of this same crime when we look at people’s public Facebook pages and using their own words against them. I also have my doubts that the woman who wanted to move into this apartment on March 1 “assaulted” her maintenance worker, nor does it excuse the apartment looking like this.
The fact of the matter is that she was set to move in on March 1. The apartment should’ve been ready for March 1. She was prepared to let this woman move into an apartment she owns despite 43 violations. Not much else to say.
Ilanna then sent us pictures of the since cleaned up apartment:
Cool. So…..why wasn’t this done for March 1? Why did it take a public shaming in order to get a landlord to do her job? I don’t give a shit if she was “harassing and cyberstalking” you by messaging you for an explanation as to why the tenant was moving into Hotel Slumifornia. She should be messaging you if the apartment looks like that. She has two kids and there are dangers in pretty much every corner of the apartment. It’s bad enough they have to live in Woonsocket. At least they should be able to come home to a clean apartment.
City Councilor Richard Fagnant (yes, Dick Fagnant is his real name), who is so Rhode Island it hurts, ripped into the landlord at the City Council meeting last night:
Lorena also posted testimonials from other people who have dealt with Ilanna Ball Coulbourn:
Is all of this true? I dunno. All I know is if you agree to move into an apartment on March 1, it should be move in ready on March 1. And clearly Ilanna Ball Coulbourn thought this was move in ready:
None of her excuses matter. It’s your job to clean your property so that people can live there. I don’t care about any bullshit about maintenance workers being attacked by tenants. On February 28 the place should’ve been spotless and the landlord herself should’ve handed her the key. Nothing else matters. End of story. Do your job.