To the editor:
As a Lawrence landlord, for 49 years, I am concerned about the proposed rental inspection program. Once the city inspects and controls the apartments, I will no longer be the top decision person of my rentals. Some concerns I have:
What happened? Why does the city think 100 percent of rental property need to be inspected? Why have they labeled all landlords “slum lords”? Why should I be billed for an inspection, when I have had the same tenants rent for over a decade? Does that indicate my rentals need to be inspected? Why is the city overreacting to limited situations?
By whom and when will my tenants be informed that they may contact the city with their concerns about their apartment?
Will tenants be required to first contact the landlord regarding any concerns, prior to contacting the city?
If the city expects tenants to first contact the landlord regarding concerns, how will that procedure be conveyed to the tenant?
If the city chooses to inform all tenants by written word, will it be in an attractive format that will be posted, so as not to deface the woodwork or walls?
Will the city’s notice to tenants be clear and understandable, especially the many foreign students who come to Lawrence each year?
Why not scrap this proposal, and develop one where and when needed?
These are concerns many landlords have regarding their responsibilities, if required to complying with the City of Lawrence’s pending rental requirements. When will we know answers to these concerns?