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Mayor Mitchell Says Landlords Need to Take Responsibility for Criminal Element

Monday's alleged gang shootout in the area of North Front Street that injured an innocent bystander, a 60-year-old man that was in his own apartment on Tallman Street, has highlighted that violent crime in New Bedford can strike anywhere...

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM
Greg Desrosiers/TSM

Ward 3 Candidates Focus in on Neighborhood Issues

NEW BEDFORD - Four of the six candidates for Ward 3 city councilor gathered for a community forum at the Painters/Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council office Tuesday evening. 

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Proposal Would Let Landlords Evict Tenants for Gun Crimes

A New Bedford City Councillor wants to give more power to landlords when it comes to evicting problem tenants.

Ward 6 Councillor Joe Lopes is asking the council to draft a home rule petition that would expand the existing state nuisance law to give landlords the authority to evict tenants that are involved in crimes related to the use or illegal possession of guns...

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Mayor Jon Mitchell signing Problem Properties Ordinance.
Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Mayor Jon Mitchell signing Problem Properties Ordinance.

Mayor Mitchell Signs Problem Properties Ordinance

After two years and countless amendments, the "Problem Properties" Ordinance was signed into law by Mayor Jon Mitchell Wednesday afternoon.

The law holding landlords responsible for the conduct of their tenants will be in effect immediately.

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TSM

Two Years Later, Problem Properties Ordinance Gains Approval

The "Problem Properties" Ordinance in now in the books after a 8-3 vote by the City Council Thursday.

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Health Director Brenda Weis with Mayor Jon Mitchell / Jim Phillips / TSM
Health Director Brenda Weis with Mayor Jon Mitchell / Jim Phillips / TSM

City Officials Urge Landlords To Join Pre-Rental Voucher Program

Mayor Jon Mitchell and city health officials are urging New Bedford landlords to take part in a Pre-Rental Voucher Program.

The program is voluntary...

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TSM

Problem Properties Ordinance Nearing A Final Vote

New Bedford's Problem Properties Ordinance is one step closer to being passed after Thursday's City Council meeting.

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TSM

“Problem Properties” Ordinance Moves Ahead Once Again

The city's "problem properties" ordinance has been kicked around City Hall for nearly two years now.

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Mayor Jon Mitchell introduces his proposed "Problem Properties" ordinance in front of a run-down home on Ashley St. in 2013. Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media
Mayor Jon Mitchell introduces his proposed "Problem Properties" ordinance in front of a run-down home on Ashley St. in 2013. Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

Mitchell Pushes For Passage of Problem Properties Ordinance

The New Bedford City Council is getting set to once again discuss Mayor Jon Mitchell's proposed "Problem Properties" ordinance.

Speaking on his weekly radio program, Mitchell says the ordinance has been in and out of committee for nearly two years, and needs to be passed...

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Jim Phillips | TSM
Jim Phillips | TSM

Councilors Delay Third Version of ‘Problem Properties’ Ordinance

The New Bedford City Council has once again tabled Mayor Jon Mitchell's "Problem Properties" ordinance.

The Council's Committee on Ordinances last night weighed the third version of the ordinance, which has been whittled down to bring action against landlords after eight valid complaints of a criminal nature, instead of ten complaints that would have included criminal, code, and zoning violations...

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