Friday, August 12, 2016

WDT:Watertown officials to discuss rental inspection program

     Rental registration...Keeping track of those pesky landlords.....It's been pushed for years by the Times, DANC, and the egalitarian elites.  It's likely to have problems getting passed in an era of suspicion about big government.
    The national mood matters even in a local debate over something like this. \
     Councilman Stephen Jennings ran on the issue in 2013 and he will be running on it again next year as the program will not be enacted quickly.
     The legislation gets introduced this month, but for those of us who play nice, its one more bit of bureaucracy. For those who don't play nice, it's something to ignore.
      It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
       For the record, I have two rental units.
Watertown Daily Times | Watertown officials to discuss rental inspection program

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have problems with allowing the government to inspect the inside of my home without a warrant.It seems like signing away your rights to unreasonable search,don't they have to have probable cause that a crime is being committed before entering your house?Tell you what,I will agree to it if I can also take a walk through of Councilman Jennings house,to make sure it is up to my standards.

Zaphod Beeblebrox said...

Considering I live in an apartment complex that is owned by a fairly well known persons family I don't think it would make a difference. The city has been called multiple times and the inspector has made a cursory inspection and nothing happens. I feel even with rental registration nothing will change.

Anonymous said...

If you rent it out to other people, it is not your home, it is your property. Commercial property. So don't go down the road of that unreasonable search nonsense. No one is going to be snooping into single family residential property.

Anonymous said...

Codes guy says it wont work and should only do life safety inspections. Did our fire department do this before the city made them stop. sure sounds like more efficient government to me.

Anonymous said...

We expect the same incompetent city management that did the arena, Factory St. mess, roommate laws, dog parks and cut our public safety to effectively manage a apartment inspection program, I highly doubt it. How about they start by inspecting city owned facilies, they are terribly maintained. Get your own house in order before you worry about mine.

Anonymous said...

You would of thought Jennings learned his lesson with the failed roommate law proposal. If he keeps up this regulation pace, he will regulate himself right out of office.

Anonymous said...

It all makes sense now that you tell us DANC wants this. It wasn't enough for Wright and Johnson to overcharge us for our trash and misappropriate the money for their pet projects. They also had to push for PITLOTS for millionaire out of town apartment developers, so they could compete against local apartment owners. And now these inspections will be one more burden on the small time landlords.

Anonymous said...

7:31 ...

If you are the landlord of this home, you are making money so this is a business for you and you need to provide a safe and secure place for a person/family to reside.

If you are the renter, don't you want to know if the home is safe (electrical, heating, railings, fire alarms etc) and the provisions are adequate for you or your family?

I would have a problem with someone inspecting my home too ... but I OWN my home - I'm not a landlord or a renter.

I wish we had renter laws in my village. We have some crappy places being rented by people that are unfit

Anonymous said...

What do they think this law will accomplish? We do not have an epidemic of fires, electrocutions, carbon monoxide or stair railing deaths in city apartments.

What they really want to do is use these inspections to force apartment owners to paint and fix up their properties cosmetically. Plus they want to use it as a revenue source and overtime source for city employees.

Any renter is free to bring the city into their apartment if they want to. I would suggest you landlords add that provision to your leases, so you can evict if they bring inspectors in.

Its funny to hear the libtards explain that this intrusion is completely legitimate because money is changing hands. As if no money exchanged hands when commie Jennings bought his house? As if he doesn't pay for his water, lights, heat, insurance and mortgage every year. Yup money is changing hands at your home Jennings, so open your home so we can inspect it.

Anonymous said...

Jennings running himself right out of office????? i think he is on a triathlon for this and has already won the gold..
He might be good for a small church board..

Anonymous said...

It is about someone's name in the media. These people only care about themselves; can you say narcisim.

Anonymous said...

As a homeowner AND a landlord I am not in favor of any more "oversight". I take care of my units and tenants. This only for idiot scofflaws that ignore the law.

Anonymous said...

I see rental rates going up.

Anonymous said...

Jennings needs to go now! Us taxpayers are Outraged!! NY is enough of a nanny state, we don't need his dumb ass telling us what to do.
Maybe somebody should institute a nose a gonad inspection, I am pretty sure who the first one out would be.

Anonymous said...

Finally a few more chime in to support my position,there is enough oversight in government today without adding more layers.Used to be between landlord and tenant,and if they didn't like it,moving was the option,and don't sign a lease for a crappy apartment.How did people ever get by without all these layers of oversight.

Anonymous said...

No more new laws on the books, To much government in our life as it is. Will see you all in the voting polls in November.

Anonymous said...


Yet more regulation from Mr. BIG GOVERNMENT. How about this; if the place is a shi* hole don't rent it!
This law will do nothing more than punish the good landlords and place another expense on the property owners. The mechanisms for dealing with this problem already exist - call codes.

I also have to question the constitutionality of such a program. If these have to be done to all rental units every 3 years I have to assume that many of these units will be occupied when they become due for an inspection. These are people's private spaces and they have the right to quiet enjoyment without the government coming in to look into their private spaces. This is a bad idea plain and simple. I am not real sure that Mr. BIG GOVERNMENT thought this one through. Looks like another room-mate law to me. Good thing we have liberals like Jennings to tell us how how to live our lives.