More Mercury Lies
And as of this writing, there has been no apology to its readers, nor any kind of retraction of their very incorrect reporting.
Last Thursday night a shooting occurred at 272 Walnut Street in Pottstown. 272 Walnut is a multi-use property consisting of a business on the first floor and three apartments. The property is owned by absentee-owner Matter Holdings, LLC, which is registered to Matthew Pullett of Collegeville (who also owns another borough rental property on Penn Street). So, that indicates to us that this is an absentee-owned property since Montgomery County records show that Mr. Pullett does indeed own a single-family home in Collegeville.
Mr. Pullett’s 3rd floor apartment tenant, Aaron Laws, fired several shots at an intruder who broke into the third floor apartment he rents from Mr. Pullett. Mr. Laws is a renter…NOT the homeowner as headlined by The Mercury. Maybe the headline should have read: Renter Speaks Out About Shooting…or maybe Pottstown Intruder Shot by Renter.
We’re also quite surprised that it’s fairly easy (and FREE) to search someone’s name to see if they’ve had any previous run-ins with the law.
So, here’s a bone we’re throwing to all you wanna-be landlords out there who read our site religiously. Here are two sites (did we mention they’re FREE?) where you can pre-check the backgrounds of any potential renter of your absentee rental property:
Just for the record, Mr. Laws has 12 dockets listed under his name on the Magisterial District Courts website. We’re not rocket scientists…but we would not have rented to an individual like Mr. Laws.
Of course, as everyone knows, information from these sites should not be used in place of a criminal history background check, which can only be provided by the Pennsylvania State Police.
But still…if your potential tenant has any law infractions noted on these sites…common sense dictates that YOU DO NOT RENT YOUR PROPERTY TO THAT INDIVIDUAL.
Maybe if more landlords in Pottstown heeded this simple piece of advice, our town would be much better off.