The city’s code enforcement staff doesn’t now inspect rentals for violations unless it receives complaints from renters.
City Councilwomen Bonnie Pannell and Lauren Hammond want regular, universal inspections, with landlords paying fees to cover costs.
However, landlords are sour on the idea. Expense is one issue.
So their Rental Housing Association is proposing an alternative measure, the Anti-Slumlord Campaign. Property managers handle the annual inspections of all their units, and city staff would randomly check a small percentage.
The two approaches will come before a council committee next week.