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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Landlord and thunder storm

I have added to my addiction of Jupiter House's iced coffee an addiction to their apple-nut bread, courtesy of Ravelin Bakery. Jupiter House and Ravelin are two of my three favorite Denton businesses, the third being Mr. Chopsticks, where I went last night for the first time in months. I got the Orange Chicken, with tofu instead of chicken, because it was the special. It was good. Maggie wanted Mongolian Tofu, with the extra-awesome firm tofu, but they were out of the firm tofu and she doesn't like the fried or soft varieties, so she got the Spring Roll Plate. It was still good.

We nourished our bodies with healthy deliciousness while watching the relentless thunder storm pulverize Oklahoma on the horizon. I hadn't seen that much lightning since moving away from Albuquerque. New Mexico gets an insane amount of lightning during its infrequent but powerful storms, and-- probably for that reason-- I've found thunder, lightning, and rain to be a very pleasant combination, as long as I'm not stuck outside. I used to hang out on my porch on Schmitz street and play guitar in thunderstorms, but the Schmitz era ended many months ago. Still, last night made me REALLY want an acoustic guitar, and I'm probably going to go to McBride's after this and play some Seagulls. None of which I'll be able to afford. Because I'm moving and poor.

Maggie and Julia's landlord, Gary Milam, is going to be at their house for some reason around 3:15, which is coming up in a couple minutes as of this paragraph. I have no qualm with saying that Gary Milam is a pathetic asshole and a terrible landlord. I sincerely hope he goes out of business. Maggie and Julia let him know they wouldn't be renewing their lease in June, so Gary put a "for lease" sign in the yard. Then he started showing up, unannounced, with prospective tenants wanting to look at the house. "I'm so sorry, I meant to call you," he would say-- every time-- while Maggie and I were hanging out in the living room, or her bedroom. Gary had no problem letting himself in to any room in the house, with clients in tow, even if bras and underwear were strewn about.

After several of these privacy violations, Maggie told him, in front of a new pair of poor, innocent clients, that it's definitely not OK for him to bring people into her private space with no warning. Gary undoubtedly lost business from that exchange, which he deserved to, but it apparently pissed him off so much that he dropped by later that week to scream threateningly at Maggie-- with her dad standing there, no less-- about something else completely trivial and unrelated. Maggie called the police, who couldn't do much, since Gary made only general threats and nothing specific. Things have settled down but have been anything but comfortable, so neither of us can wait for her to get the hell out of that house.

To make a long story short, never rent from Gary Milam or Slater Development in Denton, Texas. The guy's a slimy piece of shit. After renting happily from an intelligent, decent, honest, considerate landlord (Joe Stockard) for three years, I no longer believe that landlords HAVE to be assholes, only that assholes often become landlords. Finding one you can trust is priceless.

I think I'm going to go to McBride's to play acoustic guitars.

23 comments:

  1. Read your article and just would like to confirm that Gary Milam (Slater Development) is still a piece of shit.

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  2. Was just googling this guy because we never gout our deposit back. He is a creepy shitlord and was always very creepy towards my roommate. She was behind on her rent a few times and he essentially propositioned her, saying they could make other payment arrangements at his house. Wish it was recorded so this shitty landlord and person could get in legal trouble.

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  3. So glad I found this article. I was considering renting a property from Gary but he failed to call me bak after we have had this viewing of the house scheduled a week prior. I thought it was weird how he would how up unannounced to his properties when we previously viewed a few places and this confirmed that it wasn't just my opinion.

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  4. Just ended a contract on a house with him. verbal agreement to move in Feb 21st and a written contract for March 1st. House still is under construction. We stayed there one night because we had no where else to go and was constantly lied to and harassed by his head maintenance man who conveniently lived next door. It got so bad we called 911. Gary offered my deposit back right then and to cancel my lease (all in front of cops) and to stay with his crazy maintenance man until we got all our stuff out. After the cop left he left without giving me my check. The following day I got part of my deposit back. I just contacted an attorney. He should be put out of business.

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  5. I just called you but I'm hoping more comments will make this easier for people to find on Google!
    I found a cheap apartment on Jagoe Street that I fell in love with at first sight. I scheduled an appointment with Gary Milam, which he confirmed with me. He then proceeded to leave town and not return my calls. When I finally got to check out his properties, I found it funny how he would just key in and go inside. Eventually, we got to a property where the tenants still were, and the woman living there warned me about his tendency to barge in on female tenants unexpected. She was being forced out and I felt like I had unknowingly violated her space.

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  6. I am currently renting from Gary Milam in Denton. He's nothing short of a nightmare! I know one other person who's had to call the police on him.
    He's threatened me and threatened to do damage to his own property if he didn't get his way.
    Thank you for posting about this- helps me feel like I'm not being unreasonable by not wanting him to just show up unnanounced.
    How do we get something done about him?!

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    1. Someone needs to sue him. He refuses to do maintenance on the property I currently live in. I feel sorry for the people who are moving in after us.

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  7. Thanks for posting!!! was driving past and looking at properties of his this weekend, Single Mom, no patience, time or money to put up with this garbage, will look elsewhere, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU ALL!!

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  8. I am in the process of filing a lawsuit against him as we speak. Never rent from this guy, or if you currently are, get EVERYTHING in writing and documented. Make no verbal agreements with him. I wonder if there is a way to blacklist this guy? Does the better business bureau have something like this? Anyone know?

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  9. Review Gary on Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/slater-development-addison?fsid=97VnApy68OAkwa4huNUNdg

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  10. He is awful - please put him out of business.

    His Address...

    201 Mosswood Dr
    Argyle, TX 76226-5130

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  11. I'm currently considering pursuing legal action against him. It seems like there are a lot of us. Maybe we could help each other out. I've set up an email specifically to deal with this, and will be posting it on yelp, reddit, and various other places on the interwebz so we can gather information. Someone needs to prevent him from taking advantage of innocent people and forcing them to live in substandard conditions. If you'd like to be involved, please email:

    Garymilamslumlord@gmail.com

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    1. Make a website for the cause and post it on here. I am sure you will have a good group of people by your side. He deserves what is coming to him.

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    2. I am willing to do whatever it takes to put a stop to Gary piece of shit Milam you can email me at donnamccall09@gmail.com we have to stop him ASAP!!! Thanks.....

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  12. How is this guy still in business? He's still a piece of shit. We have recorded his voicemails of that helps anyone's case. He's gonna get what's coming to him sooner or later... Guys like him don't win.

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  13. You can file a complaint with the BBB here:
    http://www.bbb.org/dallas/business-reviews/services-general/slater-development-in-addison-tx-90231560

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  14. Thanks for this, Brian (and the rest of y'all.) I drove past one of his properties today and it looked very promising. Now I know better. You just lost him a very good and reliable tenant.

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  15. Hi,

    I was actually researching Slater because I found out that he now owns 428 Stroud Street in Denton, TX. I lived in that house as a child, and am currently trying to find some history on it. No I'm not crazy, but I believe it was very clearly haunted. My mother, brother, and myself moved out after my father died in it. I am wanting to find the names of others who have lived there since we left (apparently no one stays long), so that I could ask them whether or not anything has occured there again. I will check back here again to see if anyone responds.

    Thanks.

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  16. Let me just say, I rented from this creeper in 2009. Its funny because I was just googling his name to see if he ever ended up in jail or raping someone. My roomates and I, along with the tenants who rented from him down the street, called him Scary Gary. Long story short, we rented from him and he lets himself in the house at his own free will. He used to always corner me and make sexual innuendos. He stole our 1000 deposit and we didn't even fight it because he threatened me to where I was scared to, and I would have rather not have another encounter with him trying to make moves on me. If you are a single lady, please steer clear of this guy. It's funny because I met a guy who was promoting for Camel, on Fry street once I was away from the man we referred to as "Scary Gary". Apparently he had the same experiences with this tenant as well. He will threaten you, let himself in the property he is leasing out, and try to make moves on single women. He is dishonest and if your house has bedbugs or fleas, which ours did when UPON MOVING IN, he will refuse to take care of the problem and tell you it needs to be at your expense. He is a horrible person and I'm so glad I am not the only one with this type of experience with him. We were warned by the past tenants but they never gave us specifics. I will willingly warn of my experience with him to help others from getting involved with scary gary. If you are currently stuck in a lease with him and experiencing this.. Good luck.. Press charges if you have the opportunity and don't be scared to like I was.

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  17. I am now renting from Gary Milam. And have experienced the same things. Which u are speaking of. I told Gary I was going to move in May cause my lease is up. Paid my rent for Apirl. Still owed a litte on my deposit. He told me I had to be out in3 days cause non payment of my deposit. I had gone to get my son fm daycare. He proceeded to enter my apartment. While I was not there. Left an eviction notice inside the apartment. When he entered my apartment he some how broke my lock. also my son is handicapped. If u can help in anyway with advice. Please respond. My email crystal212595@gmail.com. We need to stop scary Gary ASAP!!!! Before this happens to another innocent single women. Thanks.

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  18. Properties to avoid:
    https://www.dentoncad.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=99&Year=2016&OwnerName=slater%20dev&R=on&P=on&MN=on&MH=on&Active=on&Results=10&Page=2

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  19. I am about to file a suit for his lack of response and him not returning my deposit. I lived in one of his houses for two years. A friend lived in another one of his houses on Coit St. and there were mice in the walls, he never took care of it. He was creepy and would come by without telling us and it honestly made me feel unsafe in his house. There was no deadbolt on the door and he never put one and I think that was on purpose. Don't rent from Gary.

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