Halisi Ross thought it was the right rental.
The 26-year-old Baltimore man liked the look and feel of the two-story rowhouse in the 1200 block of Ashburton St. It was convenient to his classes at Coppin State University. Best of all: the landlord, Waz Properties, allowed dogs.
Ross paid $2,100 to cover the security deposit and the first month.
But when he moved in with his pit bull, Nikolas, in October, he discovered he had made a mistake.
The electricity had been hooked up illegally, court records show. The gas had been turned off.
But his biggest problem was that city housing inspectors had deemed the property unfit for human habitation. Officials had...