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.