Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | AUGUST 29, 2012 6:30 AM

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The best real-estate company in town

After several years living out of state, I returned to Iowa City in the fall of 2011 and rented an apartment through the rental company I used while a student at the university, J&J Real Estate.

J&J required me to pay $10 for a background check, despite being a previous tenant.  But wait, it gets so much better.

In addition to numerous necessary repairs that J&J refused to complete on the apartment, it also neglected and refused to attend to the important health and safety issue that was (and is) the presence of mice in the building and apartment. The process of cleaning up after and exterminating said vermin was again placed upon the tenant by J&J.

The owner of J&J, John, contacted me by email in the middle of September 2011 and asked me to move out because of my dissatisfaction with the company’s practices. John said it would be in the best interests of both parties to terminate the lease, and he did not specify an end date to this open-ended proposal.

I accepted J&J’s offer to terminate the lease, and it now refuses to return my deposit.

Be advised, if you like putting up with mouse excrement, zero maintenance repair, and criminal landlords, then look no further than J&J Real Estate of Iowa City.

Keith Dylan
Iowa City resident

Remembrance of utopia

Let us remember what it was like when we first came to this urban utopia. The atmosphere was on par with the kindergarten playground, every house had a new friend waiting to be met, every street was lined with possibility, and every corner echoed with the sound of bonfires and backyard cookouts. It was easy to meet new friends and enemies, lovers and crushes; all you had to do was open your door and turn on your music.

But as I walk the streets of Iowa City today, I notice a disturbing trend: shoe gazing, fake texting, and a general avoidance of human contact. You could call me a concerned citizen, because this city is sprawling with people desperately searching for anything to do besides say hello to a stranger. I’m writing this as a gut check to the upperclassmen and professionals that fill this fine town.

I’m calling for the Iowa City suburbanites remember what it was like to be awed by your city and to exchange the “been there, done that” mentality for a more exciting “going there, doing this” mentality. It’s not hard to change; a simple hello in the elevator or friendly conversation at the traffic lights is enough to spark the flame; you will be surprised where it can take you.

James Strauss
Iowa City resident

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