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THE BEE: OMAHA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23. 1919.
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HIGH RENT IN TAX
3ity Commissioner Butler Pre
paring Data for Use Against
Apartment House Rent
In connection with the 10-called
oigh rent probe started by the city
council several months ago, City
Commissioner Butler states that he
is preparing data on most of the
apartment houpes, for use by J. M.
Fitzgerald, county assessor. Mr.
Butler anticipates that the assessor
will raise the valuations on these
apartments next year on a basis
which will be warranted by the in
crease of rents.
It was a resolution by Mr. Butler
lhat originally started the rent in
vestigation in the council chamber.
The council disposed of the matter
by referring it to a committee, of
which Mr. Butler is the only active'
nember. Mr. Butler feels that
lomething will have been accom
plished it the valuations of rent
orofiteers will be raised and thereby
:he tax returns enhanced.
What Other Cities Do.
In this connection Mr. Butler has
received two interesting letters on
the high rent question from St.
Louis and Kansas City. The chief
interest in the letters is to show
the difference in the activities of
public officials in those cities and
those in Omaha.
The letter from St. Louis is sign
Mi by Lewis T. Tune, chairman of
tne complaint board, which is main
tained in connection with" the mu
. nieipal government. The letter
'Numerous landlords and real es
tate agents attempted to increase
rents several months ago, unneces
larily, and on complaints from nu
merous occupants of buildings and
apartments the mayor designated
this board to take up and investi
gate the cases in question, having in
mind where the rents were increas
' ed, to work in conjunction with the
city assessor, causing the values of
the property to be increased propor
tionately, thereby bringing .more
revenue to the city. ,
, Nantes Made Public.
"Not only this, but this board has
.made public through the prss, the
names of those who have sought to
increase' rents on property, to too
great an extent. The publicity given
has hacr a favorable effect upon
many who probably would have in-
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Thure. Mat, 25c, 35; Children ISc
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Wed. Matinee 2Sc EOc, 78c, $1, $1.80
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creased rents had this board not
taken the stand that it did. - :
"Of course, there are no laws in
Missouri, that would enable us to
prevent increases, in rent, but pub
lic opinion goes a long ways, and
I find that by handling the matter
through the press, giving the names
ind cases where rents have been
unnecessarily increased, that the
policy of others is probably retard
ed. We feel that the results through
our efforts have been good, although
we will always have profiteers dur
ing times like these."
The mayor of Kansas, City ap
pointed a rental rate committee,
with a competent attorney at the
head. Walter L. Lampkin has
written the 'following account of
how the rent profiteers , are dealt
with in Kansas City:
' "The mayor's rental rate .commit
tee receives complaints against
landlords only in writing. We there
upon request the landlord to appear
before our committee f he desires
to do so, and also request the land
lord to consent to an appraisal of
his property by a committee from
the local real estate' board. (The
real estate board having consented
to co-operate with us in" "making
these appraisements.) If the land
lord fails to appear and give his
6ide of . the case or refhsesto con
sent to said appraisal, we thereupon
give -all the facts to the newspaper
reporters and report the matter to
the county assessor for his infor
mation in fixing an assessed valua
tion on such property for taxation
purposes. , N
"Our local newspaper co-operates
with our committee, and we find
that well directed publicity is the
potent weapon in nearly all cases
against profiteering landlords. So
much so that in fact we are receiv
ing no more complaints. It is
proper to state, however, that our
local real estate board is made up
very largely of men of high charac
ter with well established reputations
in this city for honesty and fair
dealing, and they voluntarily agreed
among themselves before our com
mittee was appointed to limit their
increased charges for rent to a
reasonable basis, and with few ex
ceptions these men have made only
reasonable increases. Of course
there are some black sheep in every
flock, and in order to make these
men realize that it is wrong to take
advantage of tenants, we have asked
the president of our bar association
to appoint an attorney for the com
mittee, and to represent such ten
ants as are designated by the com
mittee, and accordingly such attor
ney was appointed."
Taken to Court.
He related an instance of a land-J
lord who refused to abide by the
finding of the mayors committee.
Twelve of his tenants agreed in
writing ., that they would continue
their occupancy and would tender
the amount of rent agreed upon by
the committee. i . ,
"We propose to keep this man in
court until next spring," Mr. Lamp
Km wrote, and ne aaaea, it a land
lord is looking for a fight, it is a
real pleasure for us to see that he
gets more than he anticipated."
Among the members of the Real
Estate Board and Rental Combine,
which organizations are responsi
ble for rent profiteering, are :the
George Sc Co. J ,
D. V. Sholes company.
Payne Investment company.
Hastings & Heyden. "
Glover & Spain.
Harrison & Morton.
C C. Carlberg.
, Control Other Papers.
Certain members of these same
two organizations have boasted that
they were able to control the other
two local papers through their ad
vertising patronage and that was
the reason the World-Herald and
the Daily News said very little
about rent profiteering in this city.
"Don't You Try to
Vamp Me Out of Ja3
Sentence," Says Judge
Hazel' Rubenstein, 22 years jold,
2019 St.' Mary's avenue, tried to
"vamp" Police Judge Foster in Cen
tral police court yesterday, during
trial on a charge of vagrancy. She
was arrested Tuesday night upon a
warrant sworn out by her former
husband, Luke Rubenstein of At
-When her name was called, the
young woman stepped to the front
with a sweet smile.
Now don t try to vamp me out
pf a jail sentence," the magistrate
warned her. he smiled more
sweetly, then pathetically told her
story, turning evidence against her
"I'm divorced from Luke." she
said. "He followed me here from
Atlantic, la., and lived with me for
several weeks. Then he had me ar
rested. Don't you think he's queer?"
Kubenstem denied that they were
divorced, but was severely repri
manded by the judge for his action.
The woman was diven 30 days in
Jail. ' ' ,
More Than 300 Tons
of Coal Sold by Gty
in Less Than Half Day
Two hundred tons of coal were
sold during the first hour of the
opening of the municipal coal de
partment yesterday morning in the
office of Gty Commissioner Butler.
It will be the policy of this de
partment to accept orders only for
coal actually in sight and to hold
the sales from timeto time as the
coal happens to be received here
on track. The present sale was
closed before r noon, when' more
than 300 tons were sold.
The coal sold yesterday was from
Colorado and the price was $8.50
per ton. A limit ,pf two tons per
customer will be observed this 'sea
Aid Boilermaker In
Johnson Strike Case
An , echo of the boilermakers'
strike begun last June against the
Johnson Boiler Co., Eighteenth and
Mason streets) was heard in Central
police court yesterday when Tony
Bruno. 518 North Fifteenth street.
was charged with . disturbing the
He was alleged to have been
loiterine about the rsilrnarl rare
about 10 days ago with a heavy
wrencn in nis hands. JLouis John
son, oresident of the comnanv. an-
peared against him. Several out
side laDor organizers lncludme W.
C. Ancel of Kansrs Citv. Mn . at
tended tne neannsr. uruno was dis
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