Ron O’Connor is operations manager for the city’s Code Enforcement Department. He says during a test run of the program, they sent warning letters to landlords…which turned out to be effective.
"It’s amazing how you can drive through a neighborhood where you’re going to be in a month and then start sending the letters out and things get to looking a lot better by the time we get there."
Under the program, landlords will pay an annual fee of $28 for each rental unit. That will cover the cost of hiring eight more housing inspectors.
Advocates for landlords say the fee should be lower because it puts an unfair burden on people who own large apartment complexes.
The City Council is scheduled to formally adopt the resolution on Tuesday.