Apr 5, 2012
commented on High Costs of Low Rent
Another step with tenants becoming second class citizens.
The city of Seattle cannot inspect my home. City Council want to make is mandatory to inspect my tenants homes.... for their safety? My tenants are opposed to this.
What the city is proposing and not mentioned in this article is City Council really wants to register rental units to make more money. Property owners will need to buy a business license, and pay for those inspections. Some of those costs will eventually be passed on to tenants. Supporting inspections translates into supporting higher rents.
What the city needs to do is INFORCE the laws already on the books. Not make new ones.
Also, last year Washington State began a inspection program that is NOT mandatory. Guess what? That works for everyone. Tenants register a complaint and their home gets inspected. If the inspectors see violations the owner is put on notice to correct those violations.
Remember, 10% of landlords are scumbags. Rent from the 90% who are not. Don't make new laws that will raise rents. There is no free lunch here. Tenants will subsidize the proposed new law.