Cedar Rapids Targeting Bad landlords Again

Cedar Rapids Targeting Bad landlords Again

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Property market (Photo credit: Alan Cleaver)

The city is meeting at noon today so that they can pass more ordinances for us.  The city should take care of their own nuisances  like their closed sidewalks and abandoned houses/garages before making new rules for taxpaying property owners. We have a problem house in our neighborhood and the landlord continues to rent to the criminal element and I have never heard of anything happening to them!

The City Council today will consider passing a new ordinance entitled “Nuisance Properties,” which defines how many of which behaviors by tenant or landlord will prompt a property to be labeled a nuisance. Such a label could result in fines against a property and a requirement that the property owner remedy the problem.

The nuts and bolts of the city’s proposed ordinance will have city employees from a variety of departments, including police officers and housing inspectors, feeding information about property violations into the same database, which quickly will alert property owners — including homeowners — of problems at their properties. The city also will create a new city position of nuisance abatement coordinator, who will work with property owners on violations, penalties and plans to remedy the problems. A nuisance label will attach to a property, for instance, if a serious crime occurs at or near a property during a 12-month period or two less serious crimes do or three even less serious ones do.

Robin Tucker, a landlord and Realtor, on Monday said the city’s proposed nuisance ordinance places all the burden on the property owner and none on the tenant. The proposed ordinance is too “heavy-handed” and lacks an educational component for tenants, he added.

Council member Vernon said she isn’t surprised about the landlord concerns because the ordinance is a notable change in the way the city regulates property.  “But I think the general public out there welcomes it,” Vernon said. “The vast majority of our citizens and our tenants and landlords are great people. But we been inching and inching toward a higher and higher percentage of those who are not taking care of their properties. And we just have to stop it.”

I don’t think the general public has much of an opportunity to weigh in on this Mrs. Vernon since today’s council meeting is at noon-oops my bad it was at 4:00 pm today.


About Ajai Dittmar

There is nothing 'radical' about wanting to save your historical neighborhood! There is nothing 'negative' for wanting an 'outside investigation' done a public service that has had a lot of embarrassing news, especially when they don't do their jobs! There is nothing 'odd' about wanting politicians to uphold the Constitution they swear to uphold when they are sworn into office! Follow @sibzianna View all posts by Ajai Dittmar

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