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Register This: Worries About Historic Bungalow Court in Pasadena

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[Pasadena's Bowen Court via Kansas Sebastian]

Alfred and Arthur Heineman built Bowen Court, a collection of Pasadena bungalows in the early 1900s, and now tenants who live in the Villa Street complex are saying that the place has fallen into disrepair at the hands of a landlord who is too cheap to pay for repairs, reports the Pasadena Star-News. The photo caption sums it up: "Tim Brick, in front of his home of 22 years at the Bowen Court in Pasadena, is upset his rent has been raised 25 percent and that his bathroom sink has not worked for two years." (His rent of $950 jumped 25 percent.) Owner Kostas Fergadis defends the state of Bowen Court, and says the rent increases are just bringing up the homes to market rates, while preservationists (the complex is on the National Register of Historic Places) are concerned. Sue Mossman, executive director of Pasadena Heritage tells the paper she was surprised "routine four-yearly city inspections of rental properties hadn't highlighted health and safety issues earlier, and required repairs critical to maintaining historic buildings." It's not clear what's going to happen next.
· Pasadena officials get involved in dispute at historic Bowen Court property [PSN]