Landlord Does Time in Own Property


A Richmond, Va., "convicted slum lord" will spend 40 days in one of his own rental properties after being convicted of more than 180 property maintenance violations.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Oliver C. Lawrence will spend 30 days in Richmond City Jail as part of a 70-day sentence. Then he will spend 40 days in home incarceration with electronic monitoring at a small, single-story house owned by his company, Bayou Properties.

"Until recent improvements, the East End house at 1429 N. 19th St. was unsecured and had a smashed-out window, and its shed was littered with needles, other drug paraphernalia and feces, according to a city inspector."