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Mayor to seek citywide tenant registration

January 20, 2013

A proposed landlord-tenant registration ordinance going before City Council next month is expected to spark debate over privacy and whether government can force those signing leases and those who......

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ToTEXASfromPA

Jan-20-13 2:37 AM

What a waste of taxpayers' dollars.

This will require extra people to collect and administer. A software program will have to be purchased to store the data and it will require periodic payments and upgrades. The accuracy of the database will be in question because it will fall out of date since people are constantly moving.

And at the end of the day, the property owner will still be saddled with any lack of water bill payments.

If you want to accurately track the people, put a GPS chip in them!!!!!!!!! Not.

Mayor, how much kick-back are you going to get from the software company? Seriously, go think of something better to spend your time on.

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sideliner

Jan-20-13 3:29 AM

Agreed, Texas. And what really does it do for the city?

Campana says, "Victims of domestic abuse and their advocates can be assured that unstable people will not have access to information," How is he going to guarantee that? We don't know most people are unstable until they do something wacky.

"The accuracy of the database will be in question because it will fall out of date since people are constantly moving." Texas, who will be managing that database and at what cost?

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CarlHiller

Jan-20-13 5:54 AM

While something does need to be done to address problem tenants, it is not the right or responsibility of government to address the issue other than to arrest, issue citations or to move to make the property a trouble property like they do with bars and such. Soft tyranny not only eminates from DC, it is also homegrown. This is a measure like the current gun control issue - it will do nothing to solve the problems and will cost the taxpayers. The court system will do nothing to protect the rights of individuals on this or many other issues because it too is part of the problem. They have gone from administering constitutional law to administrative law and there is a tremendous difference between them. These ordinances always violate due process, ex post facto clause and the 4th and 10th ammendments. Now one way to move around it and not affect the constitutional rights of a citizen is on the first arrest or citation register the trouble makers at that point.

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Lisae764

Jan-20-13 7:05 AM

Instead of this, how about requiring landlords to have regular inspections. Inspections for the care of the property (inside and out), the care of animals (or lack thereof), and care of children on the these properties. Then require all inspections to be filed and reports filed with law enforcement when problems are found. This would be more effective than requiring personal information of the tenants. Many landlords in this city only collect rent checks and as long as these checks clear, that seems to be the only concern. If they were required to give regular inspections, the city would be abreast of the conditions of all rental units in our city and the conduct of those tenants.

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JerryfromRI

Jan-20-13 7:25 AM

You've got to be kidding me.

America, home of the free, now go register with the city!!

Great job with the hockey team Gabe, but you've jumped the shark with this load of b.s.

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thinblueline

Jan-20-13 7:59 AM

You have to be joking... Osama Obama is rubbing off on everybody... This country is going down the sewer!

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jeff33

Jan-20-13 8:24 AM

I think the city solicitor should be researching this not a policeman, who should be out patrolling the streets!

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acrman

Jan-20-13 9:00 AM

don't forget to have them hand over their pistols before entering town, mayor earpp.

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acrman

Jan-20-13 9:03 AM

the system can't get sex offenders to comply, how are they going to get tenant's ?

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RexJag

Jan-20-13 9:14 AM

The reason behind this is Tax Collection, pure and simple. All the rest about Public Safety, etc. is B.S. I can't believe the Council is even going to consider this.

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Shirly

Jan-20-13 10:18 AM

For heavens' sake...the article says, "Campana says the proposed law would give guidelines to landlords and tenants"...We DON'T need a new law to give out those guidelines - just publish them, maybe even in the SG.

Oh, and wouldn't it be nice if Gabey put some of this money he's throwing around for useless idiocies such as this, wouldn't it be nice if he fully funded our police and fire personnel instead.

We've already got issues of non-payment from the vaunted ice-hockey folks. No more wasteful ideas from this clarabelle mayor we've got!

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Tedeaux

Jan-20-13 11:22 AM

I'm with Rexjag on this being an attempt at collecting local income taxes from renters. Its got to be about the money or why else would they want it.

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Progressive

Jan-20-13 12:08 PM

I don't think this is legal. The federal government can't even force this with the census.

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BornHere

Jan-20-13 12:30 PM

Obviously the Mayor has never read the "Landlord - Tenant Handbook for Pa."

It is the landlord's responsibility to secure good tenants, landlords do the background checks such as your references from previous jobs or other landlords.

Landlords are registered with the city already because they pay property taxes on their units. If the city is having problems they need to make the landlords accountable for renting to problem tenants.

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Magic1

Jan-20-13 12:51 PM

Part of the problem is that most landlords don't care who they rent to as long as they get the check! Lots of slumlords in this town that have revoling door places and won't do anything to take care of their property and their tenants! You can have all the "handbooks" in place but until you hold them responsible nothing will change. though I don't see how this does that....

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biobabycj

Jan-20-13 1:02 PM

really trying to chase people out of williamsport with this one.. heres what i want to know.. the PEOPLE (who elected you INTO office among other scheisters in that office),,should have a say. take a vote of the TAXPAYERS who are going to fund this stupid idea and let it up to we the people. someone needs to vote this idiot out of office.

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DavidBross

Jan-20-13 1:16 PM

Captain Miller justifies this proposed regulation by stating that, "We're in an age when there is no privacy any more.." I am very troubled by his comment and that the administration would consider these comments as representing the views of the adminisrtation. This is shallow simplistic thinking at its most dangerous.

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DavidBross

Jan-20-13 1:16 PM

Captain Miller justifies this proposed regulation by stating that, "We're in an age when there is no privacy any more.." I am very troubled by his comment and that the administration would consider these comments as representing the views of the adminisrtation. This is shallow simplistic thinking at its most dangerous.

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LaughIn

Jan-20-13 2:35 PM

I couldn't agree with your comment enough David Bross. Government agendas should be transparent, not a persons right to privacy. I have read on these comment sections to much opinion as to why the media finds the need to publish or make public a persons private life. There is a fine line being violated here with this proposal and I hope our local government recognizes that factor before doing anything crazy.

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BanderaScout

Jan-20-13 3:28 PM

The city does not have the money to undertake such a labor intensive project. To set it up and matain it would cost plenty. If anyone votes on such a plan without knowing what the accual costs would be should not be in that position.

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Michelle

Jan-20-13 4:23 PM

I agree that this is an expensive stupid idea with no point other than to try to find taxpayers. there are two totally stupid commments in this article, I'd like to call attention to: "It's no different than what the Department of Public Welfare requires when someone applies for public assistance," Miller said. ---It's ALOT different Chief Miller---tenants are NOT applying for benefits from public money!!! A person can certainly expect to provide information to a public agency to obtain benefits that one would not expect to provide to the city in order to rent a house!!! Campana also believes the law will prevent those individuals with a propensity to commit crimes or have a criminal record from leasing. Yeah, really? where do you think they will live? Maybe pile in with friends without registering??? This registration crap solves that problem how???? Totally ridiculous!

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jeff33

Jan-20-13 6:21 PM

Miller is not the Chief - "YET"

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BornHere

Jan-20-13 8:07 PM

Hey jeff33 "WILLIE" will be in Jacksonville on Feb.8, check it out.

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MrShaman

Jan-21-13 5:48 AM

"Mayor, how much kick-back are you going to get from the software company? Seriously, go think of something better to spend your time on." - ToTEXASfromPA

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Your time would probably be better-spent getting a refund from your English-tutor.

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jeff33

Jan-21-13 9:01 AM

Willie will be in Melbourne, Florida Feb. 1st already got my tickets and know the hotel they are staying at Gator will have the Honeysuckle rose out back I hope he"s feeling well and get ask on like they did in Reading!He was super cool and Gator was great and his sister bobie was great Willie was not feeling well but did do the show! He had the flu.

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