City Goes After Slum Lords

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The city of Sacramento has about 75,000 rental units and over the past 6 years, around 15,000 units have been identified as sub-standard for health and safety issues.

City councilman Kevin McCarty says that’s unacceptable.

"We regulate hospitals, restaurants and go and inspect those on a regular basis so the question is why wouldn’t you regulate a home that’s being rented to a low income family?"

City staff are putting together several rental inspection plans. McCarty says he supports a proposal requiring landlords to pay an annual fee of about 20-dollars per rental unit to pay for the inspections.

City council members are expected to adopt new inspection rules in March.