Former Viking Ed McDaniel has found himself in hot water over ongoing problems with rental apartments he owns.
McDaniel, who owns the Morse Manner apartments in Excelsior, was informed by officials from the City of Excelsior that one of the units in the complex has been condemned, according to news reports. The tenant claims she tried to reach McDaniel's management company, but calls were not returned. When she turned to the city for help, displaying extensive water damage and electrical problems, the city fire inspector investigated the claim and condemned the apartment.
McDaniel owns several rental properties around the Twin Cities area and, according to records in Hennepin County, four of the properties are currently tax delinquent.
This isn't the first time McDaniel has come under scrutiny for rental properties that aren't up to code. In July of last year, the Minneapolis fire marshal condemned another apartment complex – Marshall Landing – in that city because smoke alarms weren't working. At the time, residents in the building, fearing they would be thrown out in the street when McDaniel balked at making the necessary repairs, pooled their own money to make the needed repairs to remain in their apartments.
In October of last year, the fire marshal inspected the complex and saw that tenants were without heat or hot water, due to McDaniel's company not paying utility bills, according to reports made at the time. The building was again condemned and this time McDaniel was able to make payments to CenterPoint to cover the gas bill in the 11th hour to avoid having the tenants being forced to move out by the city.
Yet another McDaniel-owned property, located on 2424 Chicago Ave. in Minneapolis was boarded up and officially condemned in October for the same issues – McDaniel not paying the heat or hot water bills.
When the incidents have occurred, attempts by the media to contact McDaniel have been fruitless. Nobody has answered the door at his Minnetonka home and, in one instance, a cell phone in which a message was left one day was no longer in service the following day.
McDaniel's Landlord Problems Continue
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