Arnold Moves to Annually Inspect Apartments and Trailer Parks

17 Jun

At its June 11 work session, the Arnold City Council considered a program to require annual city inspections of every apartment complex with more than 10 units and every trailer park. These inspections would include the building exterior, common areas, and every dwelling unit. This means, renters, that a city official will come into your apartment every year to take a look around. The ordinance doesn’t say what these inspections will cost, but the city does have a fee for them.

Currently, inspections are required when an apartment unit changes occupants. A voluntary program exists by which apartment complexes with 20 or more units can instead have annual inspections in which only 1/3 of units are inspected every year. The trailer park aspect of the proposed program is new. Under the old mandatory system, units were only inspected between occupants. The new program means that government officials will be requiring for the first time inspections of units in which people are living.

As always, a program like this is justified because of the few bad apples. From a memo written by community development director Mary Holden:

The proposal is a direct result of a few owners failing to comply with our codes and get a property maintenance inspection when there is a change of occupancy…As a result, there are units within the City that Staff has serious safety and suitability concerns. [sic]

So, uh, why not deal with those owners instead of burdening everyone? City ordinance already says:

Nothing in this subsection shall be deemed to prevent an inspection at any time where there is reason to believe the premises are not being maintained in compliance with the provisions of this Code.

It sounds to me like the city has the tools to go after these alleged “few owners.” There’s a whole “dangerous buildings” ordinance. So why not use it? This is typical government, though. Use a small sample of people as an excuse to introduce a burden on everyone. Some people don’t have health insurance (many by choice)? Institute a massive, government-led overhaul of the health system. Some guy tries to blow up his shoe on a plane? Make everyone take their shoes off at the airport. And on and on, on the national, state, and local levels. I don’t know how the discussion on this plan went at the meeting, but I doubt there was much opposition from the council.

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3 Responses to “Arnold Moves to Annually Inspect Apartments and Trailer Parks”

  1. Bob Hohmeier June 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    A government official can enter a house without a warrant under this ordinance? Does the Constitution and the 4th Amendment not mean a thing to these traitors?

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  2. no harm done June 18, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Traitors… pfc manning is a traitor edward snowden is a traitor jane fonda is a traitor…but this is just government doing its job. who cares if an inspector wants to poke around an unoccupied apartment. Building inspectors do it all the time. Are they traitors too?

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    • Anonymous June 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

      Did you miss the “occupied” portion of this ordinance? And the “annual inspection” portion? Did you even read the post? Or understand the Fourth Amendment?

      And I do agree that Jane Fonda is a traitor. Edward Snowden, on the other hand, is a hero for bringing to light the abuses of our Constitution by our government.

      As for Manning, have you ever watched the video of our troops slaughtering the “unarmed” European reporter and then the children in the van that came to help the injured? Did you know that was he was charged with releasing that video to a reporter?

      You are either very uninformed or prefer a police state rather than freedom. Mr. Benjamin Franklin said it so succinctly; “They that would give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

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