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for Independent Weekly Vol. 9 Issue 24, June 12-18 1991
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A year after The Independent’s 1990 report on rental property conditions and the behavior of landlords in the Triangle Area, some progress has been made. Durham has created a Housing Appeals Board and a bill has passed the state House proposing housing reforms. Minimum standards still do not exist in Wake County or Durham County and proposals to create them have been slow or nonexistent. Low-income individuals and rural residents continue to suffer the most under current conditions.
This follow up comes a year after five Triangle Area landlords were profiled for their staggering number of housing violations. Bhola Gupta, Norman Stanley, Ronnie Studivant, Lee Ray Bergman, and Bobby Insoce and the conditions of their rental properties and disputes were reported on. All five men have continued to encounter legal trouble over the state of their rental properties over the past year and several have incurred further violations and have been sued by tenants for their practices.