Proposed landlord ordinance – another perspective |

Proposed landlord ordinance – another perspective

I just read the article on the front page of the Friday, Feb. 12 paper, and thought I’d give the public another perspective. The headline was “A rock and a hard place — Ordinance would force landlords to wrangle in tenants or pay.” What does that even mean … wrangle in tenants? That ambiguous verbiage aside, the truth of the matter is that it is next to impossible for a landlord to get an information from the Grass Valley Police Department.

When I hear days later (or sometimes even weeks) that the police had been called to one of my rental properties, and I personally go down to the police station to get details, I get nothing other than an entry on the daily log and sometimes not even that.

It’s like the police department doesn’t want the owners of the property to know what’s going on in order to protect the rights of the offenders. By the way, you get the same run around at PG&E. They will not tell the owner of the rental property when the utilities have been turned off for unpaid bills. This is something the owner of the property needs to know both for financial reasons and also for health and safety issues.

PG&E and GVPD just tell me that I can’t be told what’s going on in order to protect the rights of the tenant.

So, that is the other side of the story from a landlord who is diligently trying to maintain the rights of the other tenants to have a peaceful and safe living environment. This proposed ordinance could possibly be a step in the right direction towards cooperation between landlords and the police department. We both need to work together to make our community an even better place to live.

Linda O’Kay

Cedar Ridge

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