There are three separate cases at play: an original class-action lawsuit regarding a St. George resident who says officers entered his property during a search, which is still pending in federal court; the Washington County Attorney’s investigation, which could end in federal charges being filed; and the latest lawsuit against the city.
While the current lawsuit only addresses illegal searches, Prisbrey said the entire code enforcement process, including the court, is illegal and contrary to the 14th Amendment, which protects against unlawful due process. He said he plans to amend the complaint to include anyone who has ever been fined, which could exceed 15,000 people.
ST. GEORGE UT — The federal class-action lawsuit against the city seeks repayment of attorney fees and “nominal, compensatory, and punitive damages,” as well as a declaration that three provisions of the code are unconstitutional because they allow enforcement officers to “enter upon any property or premises to ascertain whether the provisions of this code … are being obeyed.”
via The Spectrum
The law was created to target residential buildings illegally converted into makeshift hotels, but still applies to those who rent out their room for a night or two on popular sites like Airbnb.com.
via Metro – Tenants run risks in renting rooms.
North Miami Beach Mayor Myron Rosner says he has had enough of negative activists pointing out their perceived grievances against him and the city.
Meeting organizer Mark Nedoroski and other landlords said St. Paul’s buildings standards are as tough as any city’s, if not the toughest around, and they should be applauded for doing their best to comply. Sometimes, they said, they felt like property owners are treated by city inspectors like the enemy.
A federal jury convicted a veteran Chicago building inspector on Thursday of taking thousands of dollars in bribes to overlook code violations.
Resident Steven Banasick told Scottdale council members this week that he intends to file a declaratory judgment suit with the state Attorney General’s office against the borough.
Frustrated with what he claimed was selective prosecution in regards to inspection violations issued by the borough’s code enforcement officer, Banasick said the suit is to ask the Attorney General’s office to intercede with civil rights violations and common law violations in the borough’s adopted ordinances.
A legal battle between the City of Saint Paul and a handful of landlords could force the city to pay millions.
It all centers around code enforcement.
The city says it was trying to make sure housing is safe and sanitary. Landlords who are part of the suit say the city went too far, hurting their rental business, hurting people who need affordable housing.
Twelve St. Paul landlords claim the city’s aggressive code enforcement forced them to make expensive unnecessary repairs. They say the enforcement also forced them to cut back or sell out and that hurt affordable housing in St. Paul.
via KSTP TV – Minneapolis and St. Paul.