Buffalo Landlord Issued Consent Decree by NYS

Schneiderman issues order for landlord Jeremy Dunn

Mike Baggerman
May 18, 2017 - 3:22 pm

WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - In an effort to curb outlandish college parties, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a consent decree with

Jeremy Dunn, a landlord in Buffalo who owns and controls dozens of properties on Winspear Avenue and Northrup Place in the University Heights neighborhood of Buffalo.

Dunn leases his properties to young people who are typically college students. Often times, five or more tenants occupy a single home. Those tenants often throw large house parties that are attended by hundreds of people. Over 500 calls to 9-1-1 occurred due to complaints. The parties have resulted in reports of assault, robbery, rape, and even a suicide attempt. 

"Mr. Dunn earned more than $1 million a year in rent from these houses," Schneiderman said. "He prioritized his own profit over the quality of life and the safety of his safety and the residents of University Heights."

Because of the consent decree, Dunn is not technically liable for any of the damages. Schneiderman said that Dunn must require rental applications and prohibits tenants from having parties where a fee is charges or where alcohol is served to minors. The parties may also not have more than 40 people attending them. 

Dunn is also required to inspect his properties to make sure they compliant with the City of Buffalo's code, obtain certificates of occupancy for the properties he controls, make any repairs required by the City of Buffalo, and police his properties after each weekend to remove any trash or graffiti.

Molly Poremski, who has lived on Winspear since 2015, was at the press conference and explained how her home was "quiet and tranquil" when they first moved in but it all changed once college began.

"Imagine what it's like living next to one of these problematic properties," Poremski said. "Landlords like Mr. Dunn have allowed their tenants to run wild over homeowners in our neighborhood. On some nights it's been a living hell. I've been very encouraged by the increased police presence from the Buffalo Police Department and the work of our city officials."

Schneiderman's office said they will monitor the situation to ensure Dunn's compliance. 

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