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Is the landlord petition honest?

How to read the landlords' proposed charter amendment.

Anybody who's been involved in College Park for a few years knows what the landlord organization wants to do with this initiative petition.  The City Council has called that .  Is that just politics, or do they have a point?

To be fair, I have decided to write down, as neutrally as I can, the language of an honest referendum petition that would do what the landlords want to do.  Read it, and then decide for yourself whether you understood the petition would do that.  A plain English statement of what they are trying to do would read as follows:

"It shall be unlawful for the City to require annual inspections of residential rental property for violations of health and safety codes.  

It shall be unlawful for the City to charge property owners for such inspections.  

It shall be unlawful for the City to make the collection of rents conditional on compliance with health and safety codes.  

It shall be unlawful for the City to regulate residential rents."

The City's health and safety inspection regime applies to rental units, not to owner-occupied, and this qualifies as "discrimination by economic status," which the landlord organization wants to prohibit.  The City is not about to start inspecting owner-occupied units.  If you signed the petition, did you understand that you were supporting an end to inspection of rentals?

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Jon Gulbuny May 14, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Rick, your lack of logic shows. You should pay to some god that will help you.
Rick Hudson May 14, 2011 at 01:28 AM
Jon, if you had the sense that God gave a Billy goat you would realize that was my way of saying I will not reduce my self to all but cursing at you. That is inappropriate, juvenille and, as you like to point out, illogical. I have said nothing warranted an" eff you" comment you directed at me above.. You have spread venom all over this web site at multiple people. All that being said, Jon I forgive you for your hateful unkind words.
Pamela Torro May 14, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Jon- "You should pay to some god that will help you." What God are you paying to help you?
Rick Hudson May 14, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Pam, that is very generous advice you gave Jon. How kind of you to point him in the direction of a much coveted tax deduction!!!
Clarissa Balmaseda May 23, 2011 at 08:23 PM
CB I was recently relocated out of state for another job. I decided to rent my house knowing that I may have to return to College Park in two to three years. As an owner/landlord, I don't mind that I have to abide by the city's required annual inspections. I think this prevents having slumlords in College Park. I initially had a concern renting out to students for fear of my property becoming a frat house. But when I finally found four good grad students, they told me that the reason they wanted to rent my house was the fact that it was clean and in good condition. The other houses they looked at for rent in the College Park area was in horrible condition. I've since inspected my home and found that the house was still in good condition. Why? - because the tenants knew that they had a landlord that took care of the property and knew that inspectors would come in to do an annual inspection - therefore, they wanted to make sure that the house was kept in good and a safe living environment. Maybe I'm just lucky, but there's a reason for these regulations. Besides, I can write off theses costs on my rental expenses. So whoever was part of this petition, get over it and deal with it.

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