Tuesday, August 16, 2016

WDT: Battle Looms on Landlord Law

      With the public hearing now set for September 19, those for and against Councilman Jennings' landlord law will gear up for the fight.
     Council Mark Walczyk has already staked out the high ground of opposition calling it too much government and too costly. His stance may be with an eye towards his own political future but it creates a dichotomy that will place the Mayor squarely on the Republican bubble and likely hoping Mr. Jennings can find his votes elsewhere.
     That leaves members Macaluso and Horbacz.
      For Mr. Jennings this will likely be a lesson in hard ball politics and we will see if he can hit major league pitching. He will have support from Neighbors, the pulpit and some media, so both sides are well equipped for the fght.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/council-landlords-discuss-proposed-rental-inspection-program--20160816

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is nothing more than government intrusion.

What happens when the City inspects a property, misses something they where supposed to find and a fire kills three little children living in the apartment. A fire that would have been prevented only if the City did their job.

No some immunity law might protect the city from being sued - but maybe not, maybe after spending $100,000 of the taxpayers money on legal fees and in the end if there is not a big $ verdict the city has come out looking bad. Of course the nanny state people such as Jennings will just argue it means we need more oversight more money for inspections and mote government intrusion.

Anonymous said...

If Walczyk has any political instinct this will be a short bout. Jennings is a nerd who only spews like a robot out what he reads. He has no connection with people. He will be a one and done council member.


Since there are no longer phone booths what does he do to get out of his nerd suit and into his tights and cape

Martha said...

7:19, just because someone actually gets dressed in business attire does not make them a nerd. Now Mr. Jennings could show up to a few events in jeans just to prove he has them, but a business suit is still a proper way to dress for a white collar job.
Let me guess, you were wearing pajama pants when you wrote this? Get a job, get dressed and see how it feels. Oh, but maybe you are one of the "bad apple" landlords in the area and are just waiting for the government checks to roll in.

Anonymous said...

While it is too costly and too much govenrment intrusion, the high ground is that this inspection program will do no good.
what does he expect to accomplish with the law? Make the code officers feel more powerful and give them more overtime? He complains that the city (AKA code officer) cannot contact the out of town landlords. BFD!!! So contact them at the same place you send the tax bill. If there is a violation send them the ticket and fine. A real tragedy if it takes two weeks for them to respond to chipped paint, cracked sidewalks or a car parked in the wrong place. Right?

For the real emergencies, like a roof blowing off due to improper installation, and improper code enforcement officer inspections of said roof installation, we know that the city has no problem with demolishing said bar business and building.

Anonymous said...

Ole no nose needs to go, this is a poorly thought out process. Whos is going to do the inspections? The city does not even do the required inspections they are supposed to be doing now!
We do not need more government regulation. This council has got to be the worst bunch we have had yet, and I did not think that was possible. Why does Ritchies boy toy care, he does not even live in this county any more.

Anonymous said...

My grandfather always said that anyone wearing a suit to work is making a living off someone else's back. Haven't seen much in my nearly 70 years to refute that statement either.



Anonymous said...

They cut the fire dept that did this stuff and now they want to make up a plan that cost more for the tax payers. Come on wake up it would have cost you less if you just let the firemen stay duh. You all screwed up and then now you want to make it worse. And Mr. Jennings if you had a good idea it probably make you're head hurt.

Anonymous said...

Supply and demand will take care of the rental market or Beasley and DANC can keep getting or subsidizing rehabs at an outrageous dollar level, leaving private landlords to suffer because of their largess of government funding and tax exemptions. Beasley could not manage a property with his own investment he would find out how difficult it is to maintain them.

It is a matter of finances for landlords to reinvest in their properties. You cannot legislate pride in property ownership.

The city does even allow for curb appeal because the streets they are in charge of are in such disrepair. How about we start pride in properties by making sure our streets are appealing first.

Yes they are bad landlords and we have a codes department that cannot even handle their workload now. Forget this piece of paper, here are my questions: what do you expect to accomplish, what is your time table and how will this be enforced?

Anonymous said...

That was a good job by Walczyk last night. Finally some common sense being displayed. Glad to see someone stand up to Jennings and his activism. This might just be the political gaff that finally does in little lord Fauntleroy.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that these chickens will coming home to roost against Mr. Jennings in his reelection bid.

Anonymous said...

What great theatre that was last night. I thought John Doldo was going to pull a Bruce Cutler with that document and throw it in the trash can.