Om Chauhan, a candidate for state House, has housing code violations on six of his rental houses, according to city records.
He has resolved some problems at each of those properties. But issues remain, mostly with roofing, siding, windows and some internal plumbing.
Only two of the properties are occupied right now, Chauhan said.
That includes a home in the 600 block of North Madison, where city records show roofing, siding and gutters need repairs. The other occupied home is in the 1100 block of North Ash, where city records once indicated defective electrical outlets and siding problems but now show no existing problems (although the case remains open).
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Chauhan said he thinks all but two of the six active cases would be closed if the city reinspected the properties today.
But he acknowledges he's still working on a vacant home he recently bought in the 2800 block of E. Stadium, near the Wichita State University campus.
And he said someone set fire to another home in the 500 block of North Ash and that he still needs to finish some repairs.
"We're working on them," he said of those cases. "And we will close them."
Chauhan, a Democrat who is running for the state House in District 87, has a history of code violations on his rental properties.
City code inspectors have opened and closed more than 60 cases they cited on 31 of Chauhan's properties since 1999.
Chauhan said code violations are part of being a landlord in low-income areas. He said he owns 60 to 70 properties and that anyone who owns multiple low-income properties would have some violations.
For example, a vacant home in the 1000 block of N. Grove was cited for plumbing problems, issues with smoke detectors and problematic electrical wiring, heating, insulation, walls and siding.
Of 33 problems cited at that house, including the smoke detector, heating and wiring, most have been resolved. Still, 13 issues haven't been resolved, including issues with interior walls and the roof, according to city records.
Chauhan disputes that and said the case should be closed.
He said many of the violations on his properties have resulted from tenants who vandalize the homes after being evicted or people who break into vacant homes and steal copper pipes and other things.
He has asked the City Council to provide better policing in northeast Wichita to cut down on property crime.
"I'm a very responsible landlord who works seven days a week," he said. "If I can't keep up with their demands, nobody can."