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Edward Germino

College Park, MD

  • 3.2
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  • 560
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3.3

Edward Germino

Posted 3 years ago

Terrible landlord. Do not be a tenant for him.

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3.1

Edward Germino

Posted 3 years ago

Edward is a terrible and inexperienced landlord. He makes his tenants feel uncomfortable, ignores, threatens, disrespects, and bullies them. On multiple occasions, he has broken the lease and tries make multiple changes, which he cannot do. He has taken over this property from our previous landlord and must abide to the previous lease according to an agreement between the two landlords and lawyers. Edward approached us with a 20+ page lease for a simple household aimed for college students. He admitted he copied most of it from the internet and most of the things in the proposed lease were irrelevant to this specific household. Also, he wanted to have us sign without even inspecting the house for damages or anything. He dropped off the leases late at night and said he would be back in an hour to collect them signed. This is a clear example of trying to take advantage of college students as the lease was far too complex for what it needed to be and again, he is not supposed to ask us to sign any new lease and he must abide by the previous one. The current lease explicitly states that he must give notice before entering and there must be someone present unless in an emergency. He has entered without notice for a non emergency issue and another time we caught him sneaking around in our backyard and when we confronted him about it, he simply walked away. This made all of us feel uncomfortable around him and we did not want him on the premises unless he absolutely needed to. Week after week, he would bombard us with emails trying to make his own changes to the lease (which again, he cannot legally do until the current lease has ended), which put a lot of stress on us as college students in top of our studies. After trying to meet with him in person multiple times or even have an adult conversation about the matter, he refuses to meet or even communicate with us for weeks. Yet he expects us to address his concerns when he messages us. We attempt to amend things peacefully and through using the law. After being fed up and stressed, we decide to communicate more aggressively as he has. One of the terms he keeps pushing on to us is giving him personal copies of our room keys to him. After finding him creeping around the house with no explanation, we all agree that this is something we do not feel comfortable with and express that to him. Again, he does not respond and a blunt-toned message was sent to him explaining the situation. He responds to this letter not directly to us, but decides to get all of our emergency contacts involved. This issue is not an emergency, and he sends them all a mailed letter explaining how we are all troublesome tenants, we disrespect him, and he needs "help" dealing with us. In fact, the exact opposite happened as it escalated to this point because of Edward. We have had no issues with the previous landlord, we pay never miss a rent payment, the house is always in good condition, and we are all pursuing military with good values. This is against our character to be bad tenants. Edward has made this simple landlord transition extremely difficult. With our last landlord, we paid him the rent and that was the most of our interaction. He was was responsive, non-intrusive, and friendly, and we had no problems with him entering the premises. Edward acts as if he is our parents or some superior figure that absolutely must be respected, especially after all he has done to us. Edward stressed out one of our roommates so bad that he begs and pleads to move out and terminate the lease. This roommate has already packed his belongings and furniture. However, Edward prevents him from leaving. This same roommate received official military orders to begin basic training. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act states that the person is allowed to break lease without penalty due to military service. However, once again, Edward refused to acknowledge this official order (which is illegal based on the Act), and instead tries to ruin his career and future by telling an unrelated superior in the military that my roommate is a bad tenant and bad-mouths him. This commander could have jeopardized our roommates career by Edward telling a very untrue and one-sided story. Weeks later, Edward randomly messages us and threatens that if we do not give him access to our rooms in two days, he will drill through our locks, change it himself, and deduct the price from our security deposits. Feeling helpless and fearful of Edward, we are forced to seek assistance from our free campus legal aid office the next day. They advise we send him a nicely toned letter, agree to give him access to our personal rooms, and request him to confirm that he is sending our security deposits to our provided addresses. Edward again decides to not do his landlord duties and address those concerns in the letter we sent him. Instead, he states "Before we move on to new issues, I'd like the three of us to get straight how that text message was authored, and who is responsible for writing what. I'd like to know whether either of you would change anything about that text if you could, and whether you are sorry for sending it as worded. Lastly, I'd like to know whether you plan to continue communicating with me like that. I am happy to hear that you two have changed your minds about letting me make copies of your bedroom keys, but I need to have these issues resolved before we move on to anything else." This grown adult is getting hurt over words and states that before he moves on to do anything else, we absolutely must apologize to him and explain the backstory to a message sent months ago. Again, he will not do his landlord duties unless we apologize to him first. We did not respond, and since then he continues to email us claiming we are breaching the lease and the usual nonsense. Edward completed a tour of the house with "prospective tenants" that we believe really are not prospective tenants and just his friends. During this tour, he completely ignored my other roommate when he attempted to directly talk to him and acted shady the whole time. The prospective tenants did things like claim that my roommate smokes marijuana (again, we are all military and cannot do this) and my roommate and his father believes that he was is being discriminated against due to his Muslim affiliation. Since then, other than the constant threats to deduct money from our security deposits, Edward has done other illegal things. Recently we agreed that he would come at 6pm to do a random house inspection. I waited until 7:30, and he did not arrive, so I left because I cannot wait around all day and I do not feel comfortable messaging to him, and he does not have a good track record of even responding. Nobody was present at the household. I arrive at the house later that night, and it is very dark outside. From my car, I notice that Edward is standing outside with another individual that I am unsure I have ever met. We make eye contact, and again, he swiftly gets in his car and speeds away. I walk into the house to find that he inspected the house because most lights were left on, the dishwasher was running with no soap loaded, and he left a lot of window blinds pulled all the way up so that you can see directly into the household. This makes the house look like it is unoccupied which I find to be a safety hazard, but he left all the windows like that to one of the rooms and locked it so we have no access to it. The lease and the lawyer explicitly states that we have the right to be present during house inspections in order to explain any damages and that will prevent the landlord from stating anything is damaged and deducting from our security deposits to fix it. This is exactly what we believe he did. Edward did not let us know he would be late, he is in the household, or even give us the results of the house inspection. To this day, he still did not confirm that he did or did not enter the house to do an inspection. Very recently, Edward singled me out and threatened me to again deduct from my security deposit for not paying rent. I quickly sent him proof of payment directly from my bank, as I paid rent a while ago and never missed a payment or paid late. Edward simply did not cash the check and I cannot control whether or not he receives it. However, with absolute proof that I sent him payment on time, he refuses to acknowledge a lawful payment of rent and stated he still will deduct. I have textual proof of all of his actions, and it can be corroborated with my two other roommates and our emergency contacts. We all believe he simply wants to kick us out as soon as possible (he sent all of us a letter randomly stating that he will not renew our leases. To this day, we have not received an explanation and one of our roommates is now forced to find housing last minute) and steal money from our security deposits, as he continues to threaten us for the past few months, deny he is threatening us, and deny that he has been breaking the law multiple time over. We literally have only about a month and half living here, and at the time of writing this, we are still being harassed. Edward stated to us that he was once abused by his landlord when he was a student years ago. A public Baltimore Sun article from 2011 we found on the internet explains his situation stated that Edward is "thinking of buying a house and renting the spare rooms to college students." Edward also states in the article that "I would be a responsible landlord who takes care of his properties and who knows and obeys landlord-tenant law to the letter," he says. "I don't ever want to get on the bad side of a tenant like me." This is a blatant lie and we believe his actions are out of revenge from his previous experience, but us, and anyone else should not have to be harassed for something we had no responsibility in. Please avoid Edward Germino at all costs and spread the word.

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