Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Troublemakers Welcome

The city of Racine is apparently considering an ordinance wherein landlords may be fined for the behavior of their tenants. A public hearing on the subject will be held at City Hall on December 16th, 7 pm.

And so continues the trend in Racine to allow miscreants and misdemeanants to carry on while holding others accountable for their behavior.

Why stop with landlords? My understanding is that some of our public schools have enough of a nuisance problem that the police have opened mini stations inside of our schools. Perhaps we should fine the principal when the children act out.

Of course this would be widely seen as unfair, even ridiculous, and rightly so. But when it comes to landlords we seem to have lost our sense of fairness.

What city officials fail or refuse to recognize is that too many losers have chosen Racine as a place to live. Come to think of it, Racine officials are complicit in this choice insofar as they are making Racine a place where troublemakers won't be held accountable for their own behavior. What better place to live if you are a troublemaker?


Anonymous said...

Well let's see, tenants can be evicted without notice if landlords don't pay the mortgage on the property. Even though tenants pay their rental obligations monthly, landlords appearantly aren't obligated to pay their own bills.

This ordinance sounds fair to me.

Denis Navratil said...

So if there is an ordinance that is unfair to tenants, you then would favor additional laws that are unfair to landlords? I think it is easier, and fairer, to be against all unfair laws.

Anonymous said...

I am so tired of the slum lord in this town. There lack of taking care of their properties ruin neighborhoods and the scum tenants they rent to fill the streets with dealers.
Sir with respect move to Howland say next to 233 or Jones next to 245 see what we have to put up with.
Landlords should pay for the acts of who they rent to. The RPD will help screen and work with those who are trying to get rid of bad tennets

smallgovsam said...

“Slum landlords” provide a valuable service to the community, anon.

Everybody has different needs, demands, and income levels. To say that all housing needs to look pleasant is a broad generalization of Marxian proportions. Many people can’t afford an aesthetically pleasing home and we should respect their choices.

Furthermore, like other middlemen, the landlord provides the service of lessening the risk for the customer, i.e. the tenant. They essentially act as the Wholesaler and Retailer of housing units. Landlords buy the product (Houses or Complexes) in bulk from the Manufacturer (Builder) and divide it into smaller parcels (Rent out) for optimal social utility.

Attempts to “fix” this situation in the form of rent control have failed. Rent control, a form of price ceiling, is poor economics. Despite its good intentions, leads to the creation of less housing, raises prices, and increases urban blight by creating an artificial scarcity of housing units.

colt said...

Small Gov

Troubles me that we have those who side with the slum lords by justifying their actions. Renting homes that I would not put a dog in.
Fighting actions that would help neighbors better control what goes on in neighborhoods. A simple occupancy inspection would go a long way to prevent some of the devil spawn from taking advantage.
I am so tried of putting up with drug dealer after drug dealer setting up stop in theses slum properties no help from the land lord even when RPD is telling them what is going on inside that Apt. Hold the land lord to account will stop this.
BTW Anon 9:15 is Colt thought I filled the block sorry

Denis Navratil said...

Colt, if the police know that there is drug dealing going on in these properties, they should get a warrant and search the place. They should do their jobs.

Anonymous said...

How is the city going to make money from druggies and other miscreants? The easy way to make some quick cash is to fine the people who can pay, the landlords. Get UNIT on it - maybe it is "Man From UNIT" now -

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