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On Should the city inspect all rental units in the city for health and safety violations or is that potentially a violation of tenants' privacy?


DwardF 4 years, 6 months ago

Maybe they could do the inspections with high resolution, IR cameras mounted on drone aircraft. It would save a lot of man-hours and foot work. Of course, the imagery would only be used for building code violations.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 6 months ago

20,720 rental properties inhabit Lawrence,Kansas or about 58% of residential is rental property.

There are many many more communities surrounding Lawrence,Ks that have had these regulations in place for many many years. And at significantly larger fees to property owners.

It is my best thinking that inspectors have no right to barge in without consent. All of a sudden property owners are concerned for pot smokers whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaa how times have changed.

My speculation says the greater concern is property owners fear the expense of bringing business properties aka residential rentals up to code. AKA safer environment for tenants.

What if a furnace has been red tagged yet never replaced? What if a roof is in disrepair and might cave in? What if the sewer lines need a roto rooter? What if a porch is falling apart? What if light fixtures need some attention? What if smoke detectors need new batteries? What if plumbing is a disaster?

Performance Audit: Rental Housing Licensing Program – February 2012 can be procured through City Hall. A ton of information. http://www.lawrenceks.org/assets/agendas/cc/2012/02-28-12/auditor_performance_audit_rental_housign_program.pdf

Code Enforcement - Tenants are landlords keeping your home up to code? http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/code_enforcement

Wayne James 4 years, 6 months ago

You betcha! However the idea of drone is ridiculous. A drone can't see inside the buildings to see how well the landlord is maintaining them.
The city is worried about code violations...violations that could cost someone their life due to a poorly maintained building. As was suggested, the light fixtures all need to be up to specs as well as the sewer lines. If y9u lived on a lower floor, you wouldn't want the sewer line snapping in the ceiling in the middle of the night.
I live in a duplex here I Branson, and my landlord is good to fix something if it breaks, but only if and when it does break. One day the portico over the front "porch" is going to come tumbling down as the posts that hold it up are rotting away due poor drainage. I have suggested the best way for water run-off, but she turned a deaf ear due to the cost. She owns three duplex units in this area and each one rents for at least $600. No money for repairs. It will cost her a hell of a lot more later on, I guarantee it!

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