Revised rental inspection program
I own a duplex close by the university for about 15 years now. I typically rent to college students and at one time lived in the building before buying my own home. Though the city and Mr. Coalter suggest it's only a small number of landlords and properties the issue pertains to, whatever happened to dealing with those landlords and properties? If the city implements this revenue producing tactic called "rental inspection and licensure" I won't hesitate to sell all my property! If the city has a problem with the way I maintain and keep my property they should address this on an individual basis. Kelly Green even implemented the city really has no idea the number of units they would have to inspect an over see. So basically you pay the fee and the city would eventually get around to do an inspection of the property! Let's face it the city says they are "concerned about your safety" What a JOKE. In reality Cape Girardeau City is looking for another way to increase revenue. If the money generated by the casino and other means isn't enough, let's keep on thinking of ways to get people to pay. As with anything else the city charges me, I increase my rent; the tenant now has to pay more and gives Cape Girardeau a big fat thank you for making their rent go up. My next question is how is the university is expected to pay? They rent/board students. We could go on to nursing homes that have residents that rent rooms and are boarded. How about our psychiatric facilities here in town that rent out rooms to individuals. Guess all those places won't be included because good chance they are already paying for some type of municipal license fee. How can the city require one entity and not another to pay? In the end those who are provided income from investment property will be forced to pay these ridiculous fees. Bet the city wouldn't consider doing it for free OR would they? After all it is for the safety and well being of those that are renting. However, I'm still trying to figure out how bureaucracy helps tenants, landlords, and the city? Oh, yeah it helps the city by generating more money! It may sound like a crazy idea but if this is such a huge problem why isn't the city dealing with those landlords? Also, who is forcing the tenants to live in such horrible places? Last time I had an apartment available, tenants came to look at it and decided for themselves if the apartment was up to their individual standards. If this is truly not about the city generating revenue there are dozens of other ways the city can deal with property management besides forcing fees for licensure.