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Wilmington Councilman: Tenant-Landlord

by Ciro Adams

The News Journal/Delawareonline.com - October 4, 2018

Ciro Adams is a member of the Wilmington City Council. Bad landlords owning rental properties have similar effects on neighborhoods and its residents. Many of these properties are in disrepair, dilapidated and poorly maintained. Quite often, bad landlords prey on tenants with few resources, limited mobility and many times having only the choice of renting a run-down property or homelessness. The mayor says there are 15,300 rental properties in the city. I will dutifully vote for code enforcement ordinances that give the administration use of nuisance abatement powers to inspect, investigate and take administrative and judicial actions to gain compliance with relevant state and local laws that regulate the physical condition and safety of homes, buildings and structures. Ordinances should require landlords to obtain annual licenses and inspections for rental properties, too. The administration does charge and collect a rental dwelling fee for every rental property. Fees charged by any municipality are to reimburse the city for the costs of the services provided. In this case, the service to be performed is the inspection of the property. The charging of this fee without providing an inspection may be illegal. The mayor knows that unless the administration does inspections, no ordinance will work. The mayor should direct his department to do pre-rental inspections. Pre-rental inspections will assure the properties are in good condition. Pre-rental inspections will also protect tenants. The city not issuing rental dwelling licenses until the pre-rental inspection is completed will quickly cure this problem. Addressing 1,400 vacant properties and 17,000 rental properties will certainly beautify Wilmington and remedy many problems associated with these properties. I am happy to vote with the mayor to assist him with these efforts.
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TENANT-LANDLORD

No ordinance works unless the law is enforced. The Mayor’s administration must do inspections. I am happy to report that with my strong urging of the Mayor to perform at least 1,500 inspections per year, L&I performed 1,700 inspections last year. Please read my op-ed article from October 4, 2018, which was published in the News Journal supporting Mayor Purzycki’s ordinance addressing tenant-landlord properties in Wilmington.
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TENANT-

LANDLORD

“Wilmington Councilman:

Tenant-Landlord”

by Ciro Adams

The News Journal/Delawareonline.com -

October 4, 2018

Ciro Adams is a member of the Wilmington City Council. Bad landlords owning rental properties have similar effects on neighborhoods and its residents. Many of these properties are in disrepair, dilapidated and poorly maintained. Quite often, bad landlords prey on tenants with few resources, limited mobility and many times having only the choice of renting a run-down property or homelessness. The mayor says there are 15,300 rental properties in the city. I will dutifully vote for code enforcement ordinances that give the administration use of nuisance abatement powers to inspect, investigate and take administrative and judicial actions to gain compliance with relevant state and local laws that regulate the physical condition and safety of homes, buildings and structures. Ordinances should require landlords to obtain annual licenses and inspections for rental properties, too. The administration does charge and collect a rental dwelling fee for every rental property. Fees charged by any municipality are to reimburse the city for the costs of the services provided. In this case, the service to be performed is the inspection of the property. The charging of this fee without providing an inspection may be illegal. The mayor knows that unless the administration does inspections, no ordinance will work. The mayor should direct his department to do pre-rental inspections. Pre-rental inspections will assure the properties are in good condition. Pre-rental inspections will also protect tenants. The city not issuing rental dwelling licenses until the pre-rental inspection is completed will quickly cure this problem. Addressing 1,400 vacant properties and 17,000 rental properties will certainly beautify Wilmington and remedy many problems associated with these properties. I am happy to vote with the mayor to assist him with these efforts.
READ MORE
No ordinance works unless the law is enforced. The Mayor’s administration must do inspections. I am happy to report that with my strong urging of the Mayor to perform at least 1,500 inspections per year, L&I performed 1,700 inspections last year. Please read my op-ed article from October 4, 2018, which was published in the News Journal supporting Mayor Purzycki’s ordinance addressing tenant-landlord properties in Wilmington.