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.
The ordinance has been in the works for two years and had undergone countless debates and amendments.
Ward 5 Councilor Kerry Winterson has been against the ordinance from the beginning and doesn't believe it targets the problem.
"We're basically having someone else pay fore someone else's actions and, to me, I can't with a clear conscience have somebody else pay for somebody else's actions."
Councilors at Large David Alves and Linda Morad also voted against the ordinance.
The law aimed at holding landlords responsible for their tenants is expected to be signed by Mayor Jon Mitchell and implemented within the next few weeks.
The ordinance will also allow landlords greater ability to screen prospective tenants and check background histories.