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Tenant registration out of proposal

August 30, 2013

The tenant registration portion of a proposed city ordinance dealing with rental properties has been removed, according to city officials....

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CarlHiller

Aug-30-13 6:18 AM

Great. Now license the landlords like you would any other business and create a nuisance landlord law, with fines and property forfeiture for continual drug activity and violence. Go after those landlords that show multiple police engagements. You already know who they are. Those landlords who continually rent to people who cause criminal activity are a public nuisance harming others and/or property and interferes with the rights of the public. A landlord who allows a public nuisance from tenants threatens the public health, safety and welfare, and does damage to the community as a whole. If nothing else it will increase city coffers to help alleviate the costs of added police and patrols.

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CarlHiller

Aug-30-13 6:24 AM

While tenant registration may be "adding bureaucracy that may not be enforceable". A landlord registration does not, it is enforceable and the bureaucracy is already in place. It is far easier to manage a few versus a few hundred or few thousand.

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Shirly

Aug-30-13 9:13 AM

I found the info about the number of police calls to rental properties very interesting. It confirmed what I've been observing in areas close to my own neighborhood which is thankfully mostly owner-occupied.

The nearby rental units, on the other hand, are deteriorating in appearance and undoubtedly have some disreputable types living in them. Which, btw, is not to say that all renters are criminals.

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wwhickok

Aug-30-13 9:18 AM

Shirly, I was a little concerned initially, but I appreciate the last line of your comment, therefore agree with you.

I like that they took out the tenant registration but kept the landlord registration. It's enforceable, and I'm not sure whether or not the tenant registration would have done any good (i had previously supported it).

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enoughalready

Aug-30-13 10:30 AM

I'm confused. Don't we already have the landlords registered thru the rental inspection ordinance?

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RexJag

Aug-30-13 11:10 AM

I want to report a crime: What's happened to the Dutch Hill section of Williamsport (on Franklin Street, where Campy's market used to be...), now THAT'S a crime. Those landlords should be shot for what they allowed to happen in that neighborhood.

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Zippie

Aug-30-13 4:34 PM

"enoughalready"

ONLY those that have reported their INCOME making rental units. Income by law that is taxable.

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biobabycj

Aug-30-13 6:54 PM

i love gabes comment... theres other ways to well i cant remember the exact words, but jesus, williamsport if you have successful other ways to get rid of the drug and crime problem i think the problem would be getting better not worse. DUH

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streetmachine

Aug-31-13 12:03 PM

remenber it was the ones that were elected into office that made the queit little town show up on the map

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