Re: Money grubbing govts (rant) - Posted by David Krulac
Posted by David Krulac on May 28, 2006 at 13:16:25:
well the guy with 50 rental properties is/has been selling out. he refuses to do business in that town.
One mayor often rants about “out of town slumlords” apprarently in town slumlords are OK.
In one town, which has a college there have been rental inspections for a few years. It was challenged in court and according to state law rental inspections can be money makers. The fees charged have be no more than the actual costs to administer. The landlords won and the town had to refund thousand of $$$$ illegally collected.
There has been talk of lawsuits but nothing filed yet.
At one council meeting about 10 people spoke against the rental ordinance, none spoke in favor. The council politely listened then voted all in favor of rental inspection.
At another town at the town meeting the chief government official spoke and said that residents were in favor of this and would welcome inspections of ALL houses. (Not just rentals). IMHO that would never get enacted and if it did the voters would kick out the rascals.
In Pa. the legislators voted for their own pay rasie last years. Public outcry cause the raise to be repealed. Inspite of the appeal 22 senators lost their jobs including the #1 & #2 ranking senators. But don’t cry for them, the #1 guy gets a $105,000 pension.
Landlords and investment property owners are not very organized. Some landlords see nothing wrong with rental inspection and fail to realize that this is just the start. And in tight rental markets increased costs can’t be passed on to the tenants.
Personally I think rental inspections devalue the properties and make them worth less. More time and money spent on a wasted venture. In the hearing one engineering company who does rental inspections for the muncipality under contract at $180/hour said that 95% of the inspections showed no violations. If thats the case then the 95% are being punished, in my mind.