It's no surprise the rental inspection proposal championed by Councilman Stephen Jennings got editorial support today from the WDT. What's not known is whether the proposal will move forward given what seems the lack of public support.
Forget the public hearing. That is only a part of opinion. When you talk to people....real landlords and others, the support is just not there.
It is viewed as intrusive, expensive, duplicative and most of all unlikely to accomplish its stated goal of reducing blightt.
It is portrayed as a harmless start to addressing what is seen as substandard housing.
I am not sure it is so benigm, and there is no demonstrated desire to spend the kind of money needed to implement such a widespread crackdown.
Council members say they want to tweek the proposal and are hesitant to oppose the Councilman widely considered to be the next Mayor. One such tweek is to eliminate inspection and only pursue registration.
One also wonders why the issue stops at the city line. Isn't this a regional issue as well ?
I don't know if this will pass, but for now it's in limbo and with Mr. Jennings term in office up next year, it seems a valid election year issue where voters can weigh in.
For now, no hasty action is needed.