There's a lot of insight into the issue of dilapidated rental property from following the debate in nearby Oswego where the new mayor, Billy Barlow, is proposing a blitz against what he calls slum lords. This includes hiring two additional codes officers, and dramatically raising rental registration fees now charged.
Common Council is considering the Mayor's proposals, but he seems to be taking off after property owners in an aggresive manner. Of course demagoguery has it's up and down sides.
Point is, there is nothing unique or unusual about the issue as it plays out in Watertown and the new Oswego Mayor is actually willing and able to propose and implement policies that seem mired in bureacracy elsewhere.
What is also evident is these unit registration fees, now at $30 will rise, according to the Mayor, as the administrative cost is actually more than twice that.