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Property maintenance code questioned

June 12, 2013

After nine months of discussion, Marietta City Council is apparently poised to adopt the 2012 version of the International Property Maintenance Code....

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Jun-12-13 9:13 PM

Why should slumlords or any lowlife renters be allowed to keep their property in hazardous conditions and not be held liable? If there is no enforcement ,there should be. Id like to see some of these slum lords be forced to live in their own apartments, I bet things would change quickly if that happened. If the new law forces landlords to comply, pass it. I can't believe that they get away with this in Marietta!

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Jun-12-13 9:05 PM

Marietta should be a beautiful town, if people would keep their property . Some of the yards are not mowed with trash not being picked up. It is a shame people have no pride in what thy own, I'm really tired of hearing about infringement of our personal property rights. If you own it keep it picked up, and mowed, fix broken windows, don't act like its not your job , it is. I still see people throw trash out of their cars . I think the 1998 law has never been enforced .Look at the hoarder that had hundreds of pets, was warned several times, and nothing was done till they took her off to a hospital. Then still nothing got cleaned up till she died & that house had rats! I am sorry for anyone who has an apartment in Marietta owned by the many slum lords. I have seen residents in deplorable living conditions report hazards several times with no results. I have wanted to call the board of health, legal aid, WTAP, but the renters were afraid they would get thrown out on the streets.

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Jun-12-13 6:35 PM

Kalter commenting on unkept property is like the pot calling the kettle black. He needs to clean up his own act before addressing others.

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Jun-12-13 12:30 PM

You're right Crandall. The way it works is this: Council passed the 1998 code and the Administration since that time has failed to implement enforcement. They will now pass an ordinance that will be in-line with the most recent codes, those from 2012. The Administration must implement the enforcement of that code. That means someone should be hired to do so. It doesn't need to be a police officer, they have enough to do.

Re: HUD or Health Department advocacy. HUD has stringent guidelines and yes they can help. But the landlord doesn't have to cooperate with HUD since they can just decide to not be a HUD rental. If I make a complaint to the health department about the condition of the apartment where I live, I will be out on the street. I can't afford that. Some land lords and "ladies" are extreme slum lords, including mine. I've documented everything where I live and once the codes are in place, I can turn them in and they will have to do something.

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Jun-12-13 10:24 AM

Roger wants to impose HIS vaules on all of us.

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Jun-12-13 10:20 AM

Correct me if I am wrong (and I know you will) but it sounds to me like we passed the city's current property code based on the 1998 International Property Maintenance Code and never bothered to have anyone who could really enforce it. This is what is wrong with government at every level. They pass laws onto it's citizens that are meaningless because they are not enforced and then they want to pass more laws to cover up for their stupidity in the first place. As for the renter who lives in a slum, if HUD if helping to pay the rent, file a complaint. If not, contact the Health Dept and go from there. I am sick and tired that the slum lords in this town continue to be protected because of who they are and who they know.

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Jun-12-13 8:42 AM

Here they go again buying a new lamp using the old bulb and finding out the lamp doesn't light. They say the problem is enforcement but that is not what they add or change bottom line they want to control your property as if it were theirs!

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Jun-12-13 7:21 AM

It does infringe on personal property rights . Laws like these when passed start out with good intention but in a short time become abused and in the end will hurt even the best property owners. I don't like where you store your trashcan before pick up and the color of your house to me is sicking and I don't like where you park your boat in the driveway so I'm going to file a complaint. It doesn't matter what I think It's what you enjoy and nobody should have the right to make you change it but it will happen sooner or later .

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