I had the opportunity the other evening to attend the meeting hosted by our state Rep Rick Mirabito regarding tenant landlord issues. While I found his presentation informative, I was disappointed that the issue at hand regarding the ordinance the city is trying to pass requiring landlords to register their tenants was not addressed.
It does not take much to educate oneself about the laws of the state concerning tenant landlord relationships. If you are going to be a landlord, you should certainly take the time to know what the laws are in our state. I am concerned with the misinformation the public has about what this ordinance is really about.
Captain Miller stated "his heart is breaking for the resident's of this city" however, he does not even reside in this city. he lives 20 minutes outside of this wonderful city. Yes, our city still is wonderful, full of wonderful people.
I believe that if you are going to be employed by the city, and take a paycheck from the taxpayers of the city, you should at least have the dignity to reside in the city! Judges are required to and they put people in prison, so why not police officers?
Do landlords realize that this ordinance will allow the city to shut down your rental property if a violation occurs at the property? That means loss of income, but we will still be required to pay our mortgage payments and of course our property taxes.
Most landlords cannot afford this without rental income. There is a much bigger picture here than simply identifying "drug dealers". We have a police force and a newly revived SOG task force for this job. I believe it is time for the people of this city to stand up and demand that the employees of this city, who work for us, do their job and stop trying to hide their agendas thinking that they can get away with it.
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