Friday, April 15, 2016

Landlord Registration and Property Inspection Loom as Hot Issues

           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.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/jennings-hopes-to-introduce-rental-registration-in-may-20160415

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

So what are Walczyk's ideas?

Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't it pass? The city govenrment was taken over by big government big spenders. And then we had an election and it was taken over by bigger, government bigger spenders.

If they [Jennings] are using this as an excuse to get rid of blight, the hypocrisy is dripping. Blight is something we can see from the street, so the same rules could be enacted to apply to homeowners as are applied to landlords. Since no internal inspection would be necessary for that aspect of it. Why doesn't control freak Jennings try to pass a law like that at the same time? Unless it turns out he doesn't really care about blight and really just cares about increasing city employment in the inspection department.

Anonymous said...

5:41 is trotting out the ol' doing something dumb is better than doing nothing card. That thinking is how we got stuck with Obamacare and the Iraq war.

Anonymous said...

Right or wrong it will require employees to administer the program.

Anonymous said...

541.. You will have to wait for an answer as he hasnt consulted with Patti yet.. It might be some time because she hasnt consulted to her many bosses.

Anonymous said...

Why not have city employees already working do building inspections and report blight? Oh, that's right, the city had 75 employees doing it in the course of their regular duties and the city ordered them to stop several years ago..and blight increased. Duhhhh

Anonymous said...

Easy to get around the registration, just claim that your tenants are part of your family.
Who is anyone to define what constitutes a family?
Right Cody?

Anonymous said...

Walzyck has the idea that he's gonna run for state congress. lol

Anonymous said...

let's be honest here, this law is being lobbied by Neighbors of Watertown , COR and the IDA's. You can't have people who actually pay for their own homes and 100% of their taxes, competing directly with government funding, and reduced taxes. Heaven forbid, this might even prevent Don and his minions of stuffed shirts from leasing new cars. ! Do Not let This Happen, for the love of God, do not let private enterprise interfere with the nipple !

We need strict and firm regulations assuring that every private home is brought up the same commercial standards as were paid for and subsidized by your tax dollars. Long live the collective .

BY the way, what ever happened to the issue with the Watertown Fed-Ex building receiving a tax break. Where exactly was this multi billion dollar franchise going to locate it's Watertown terminal ? Syracuse? Now there was some real good IDA planning.

Anonymous said...

If they want to clear up blight register the tenants and the bad ones won;t get an apartment in the city

Anonymous said...

I have rented in the COW for 14 years now after selling my home. I have lived in my current apartment for just over 5 years, and my landlord is fabulous. Prior to this however, was a complete nightmare. There are in fact, really nasty "slum-lords" in the COW. They are very harassing (calling two weeks before the 1st of the month to make sure the tenant pays the rent in advance due to the landlord living far away, etc...). The mold, leaky roofs, lead paint chipping away, flooded basements, etc...are so common. Yet, they get away with it. I'm very happy that Jennings took action on this. There are bad tenants for sure. But there are also bad landlords that need to be held accountable.

Anonymous said...

The COW can be invited in by the tenant to look at problems, but only at the Tenants invitation...

Anonymous said...

Every property owner should have at least the front of their property facing the street looking NEAT AND CLEAN at all times, but feel any more interfearence would be an invasion of privacy . And the city wanting to make a few extra bucks on the side for the inspection. If you feel someones place is a dump then dont rent it.