Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Besides the smoking ban, there is another hot button issue on the minds of many New Albany residents, both property owners and renters. I am referring to rental inspections.

I have been in favor of rental inspections for a few years. But I am not in favor of people being constantly visited by code enforcement officers or the building commission without cause.

We all know which homes are in disrepair and dangerous for human habitation. These are the homes which need to be monitored. As has been mentioned on other blogs, some people do not have enough money for the first month's rent plus a deposit and/or cannot pay very much for their rent. These people are forced to live in sub-standard housing.

I realize a lot of people who own rental property feel that they are being targeted but I don't think this will be the case. The offenders can be fined and this will pay for the code enforcement.

Readers, how do you feel about rental inspections?