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Letter: Rental housing code is 'offensive,' invades privacy

Published: July 27, 2016 12:00 AM


Rental housing code is 'offensive,' invades privacy

Twinsburg City Council voted 4-3 July 12 to pass Ordinance 65, the Rental

Dwelling Housing License Code, which applies to one-, two- and three-family rental dwellings.

Myself and others at the June 28 meeting and again July 12 voiced our many concerns as to why we feel it is discriminatory and offensive.

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Apparently landlords and tenants of four or more rental dwelling units are far superior and don't need someone to look out for their safety and welfare or take care of their properties.

First thing you should know is the city passed the International Property Maintenance Code nine years ago this past May, and it applies to all residential housing: houses, condominiums and apartments, whether they be in a duplex, or a 100-unit complex.

With or without the recent Ordinance 65, we are subject to the same maintenance requirements and penalties. But now, only landlords of one-, two- or three-family rental units will have to pay a $50 or $75 fee.

Question: Is that discrimination? We feel that it is.

Section 1369.14 Right of Entry (within Ordinance 65) states, "The owner, responsible person and/or the occupant shall give free access, by appointment, to the interior of any rental dwelling for the purpose of inspection, when an interior inspection has been requested."

We were told that it must be requested by the tenant or landlord. Of course, we landlords and our tenants are poor, uneducated folks and we need our city to look out for us.

And, of course, our tenants love to have a government agent looking around in their homes, telling them they need a smoke alarm.

Your privacy is not important, right?

Ray Diersing, Twinsburg

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