It was a campaign promise that's been simmering for over two years and next month Councilman Stephen Jennings' landlord registration law will be formally proposed to Council.
It's already getting a chilly reception from Councilman Mark Walczyk and there is no certainty such an ordinance will pass. The notion of more regulation by government will spark opposition and look for property owners and the Board of Realtors to lead the charge.
At a Citizens Advisory Board meeting, Mr. Jennings made his case and found some folks supportive of something they see as eliminating blight and protecting tenants. One even warned that Council will have to "steel" itself and be willing to ignore opposition from property owners.
Seems the question here is whether Mr. Jennings can make his case that the law will be marginally instrusive but will result in a reduction in blight.
The notion of inspections and sanctions against landlords and the degree of oppostion is hard to judge till a proposal is made.
However, this issue will likely dominate Council discussion for some time and for Mr. Jennings it will be a test of his ability to lead and persuade.
By the way, this story and in particular the print version headline suggest a level of support I didn't see. I saw the Councilman's amen corner voicing support and others not commenting as they didn't want to appear aberrant in front of influential people.