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Life O’Riley Manager Has History Of Dilapidated Properties Across Michigan

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(WLNS) – The manager of a mobile home park in south Lansing that was condemned Tuesday for unsanitary conditions runs two other parks across the state, and residents and officials say those properties are also in dire conditions.

In addition to the Life O'Riley Mobile Home Park in south Lansing, Steve Ramirez also runs a park in Flint, as well as the Triangle Mobile Home Park in Emmitt Township, near Battle Creek.

Residents say ongoing sewage backups, delays with serious repairs, illegal eviction attempts and shady repairs are a few of the many problems they've had to deal with under Ramirez's leadership.

"One of the maintenance men came out, dug a hole underneath the home and had the pipe go directly into the hole [from the toilet]," said Ginger Dowdle, a community organizer with a group called Creating Change. "It was just collecting underneath the home."

One woman living in the Triangle Mobile Home Park said she has mushrooms growing in the tiles of her ceiling, along with multiple holes that allow water to leak into her trailer.

However, despite multiple attempts to have the problem corrected, she said Ramirez will not help. "Get off your behind and do something about this. Or you ain't getting lot rent no more," said Lisa Watson.

The Emmitt Township treasurer said Ramirez owes back taxes as well as trailer fees, and that they've been unsuccessful in collecting those fees from him.

Records from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs show Ramirez has listed offices in both Michigan and Florida, and has businesses organized under different names across the state.

Megan Reynolds, managing attorney with Legal Services of South Central Michigan said the way the Limited Liability Corporations are structured makes it difficult to determine true ownership, as there are other stakeholders listed on various documents. "It would be great if the state of Michigan would recognize the pattern and see that these various parks that are managed by Steve Ramirez have issues that are very severe," said Reynolds.

In a phone conversation on Wednesday, Ramirez would not comment on conditions at the Triangle Mobile Home Park. However, he did say he is working with the Ingham County Health Department to bring the Life O'Riley Mobile Home Park up to code within ten days.

Health officials said this will not make a difference; all residents must evacuate the premises within ten days of condemnation.

However, if Ramirez does fix the environmental and other code problems and provide an action plan to the county, he can re-apply for a license to re-open the park at a later date. 

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, Follow her on Twitter or email her at emorrow@wlns.com.

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