– Is the city’s approach to code enforcement at cross purposes with its “affordable housing” goals?
– Is code enforcement reasonably consistent, transparent and focused?
– How does cost-effectiveness come to bear?
The core issues in these suits are wrapped in complexity because of overlapping and sometimes conflicting federal, state and local rules, subsidies and goals. And also because of the politics of subsidized housing. Perhaps courtrooms can help produce clarity.
Outside of paying our utility bills, most of our encounters with municipal government are purely voluntary, as they should be. For a free people, that’s about as good as it gets. But vigorous code enforcement brings city government into our lives as a solution looking for a problem.
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.