Sunday, August 14, 2016

WDT: Public Hearing the Day After Labor Day for Rental Law

      The day after Labor Day, kids headed back to school, putting away the white spats and belt,and attend a public hearing on apartment inspections....A busy day for local property owners
     What was originally talked about as a registering of apartments so officials would have data is now apparently a full fledged inspection program with criteria we don't know, and costs we can only imagine.
       Registration would be required in January 2018 and inspections would start six months later according to the law to be introduced on Monday by Councilman Stephen Jennings.
       The logistics are considerable and the inspection , follow up and enforcement will require much more staffing.  Perhaps the savings from a smaller fire department will be used to hire more codes enforcers.
       Parading through people's homes absent any kind of complaint is an issue for the renter and the landlord.
       Also, there has never been a proven nexus between all of this and the kind of bucolic housing stock the economy cannot always support.
      According to the WDT, there are three votes to pass it, so get ready for this brave new world of regulation and intrusion. There is an amen corner of regulators, media , and clergy encouraging Council on this and Mr. Jennings is their point man.
      It will be interesting to see if realtors, rental agents, landlords and property owners in general have a different take. The public hearing being nestled on the day after a busy holday may be a coincidence.....but I don't think so.
      By the way, common areas and alarm systems are already subject to inspection.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/watertown-officials-to-discuss-rental-inspection-program-20160814

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why would they care when the public comment meeting takes place? They know what anyone who owns apartments in the city is against it. They know that everyone who loves big government is for it.

Notice that the cowards borrowed from the Obamacare tactic, by not implementing the law until long after it has been passed. If these jerks think this stupid law is so necessary, then have it take affect immediately. there is plenty of time between now and December 31st for all owners to register. Then start the inspections on January first. And then just sit back and watch the city improve {snicker}.

Anonymous said...

Sprinkler system? I have a 4 unit house and a total of 4 people live there so if this is about savings lives which I would support then every homeowner with a 5 person or more family or occupancy should be made to install a sprinkler system.

This is another Peter Schmidt, Fred Garry and First Presbyterian church running our city from the pulpit.

Anonymous said...

You're a landlord, Jeff, not exactly impartial. Anything that can be done to improve some of the decrepit apartments in Watertown should be done. Many landlords charge exorbitant rents for less than acceptable apartments, mainly due to greed and locality to Drum, why shouldn't they put some of that money back into their shabby properties? If your properties are up to par you have nothing to worry about.

Anonymous said...

You have to wonder how the 80% of the population who live outside of the city, in the rest of Jefferson county, manages to survive with no rental inspection program or $8 million dollar fire department.

Try searching Jefferson county on Zillow, Then sort by price. brows past all the lots and the cheapest houses are all located in the city. Want a house for 12k or 14k? The city of Watertown has them. And that is only the ASKING PRICE !!! You can't even find a trailer in redwood/Antwerp/Three mile bay or Lafargville for as cheap as you can find a city house. If the city didn't suck, landlords would buy these houses for cash, fix them up and rent them out. The city doesn't need new laws, new work for city employees or new regulations. Instead, it needs to stop sucking time and money from its property owners.

http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Jefferson-County-NY/pmf,pf_pt/2748_rid/pricea_sort/44.558184,-75.219269,43.511708,-76.960602_rect/8_zm/3_p/

Anonymous said...

Sales tax and bed tax the come.

Ray said...

So is being stopped in the streets for papers next? No nose needs to go.

Anonymous said...

Only a short step from rental properties to all residential properties,which is their aim,I believe.Watch and see it happen.

Anonymous said...

This law is a complete waste of time and money. Any landlord that doesn't take care of their property will not have renters. The housing shortage is long gone. The problem of renters forced to stay in poor housing is gone. We now have too much housing and people have choices! Good landlords, many of which are normal local people who are struggling like the rest of us, are going to have to pay fees into this program and be penalized for absentee owner issues. City staffing will have to be increased and taxes will rise. This was a poorly thought out campaign promise to address a problem that no longer exists.

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to check your papers CR.
Funny, no brains calling someone no nose.