Interesting, conversation taking place over at Dearborn Heights United PAC what started out with a comment about a Chinese Massage Parlor opening up in South Dearborn Heights. Turned into a conversation about rental properties and how many there are in the City of Dearborn Heights. It’s true there’s a lot of rental properties in Dearborn Heights and a large majority of those rental properties can be found in the South End of Dearborn Heights. Is having rental, property’s in the City the problem or is it the Landlords or the renters themselves? Having lived on a block that had an empty home for five years, I can speak a little on this. The home wasn’t sold or rented, however, it saw a lot of traffic. No, not drugs people going in and out at odd times of the day Men and women. The house I suspected for years was used for couples wanting to “hook-up.” I found out after the house was sold that I was correct in my suspicions based on what the homeowner found in the house including a SD card left with photos on it. The back yard of the home was one ‘big weed’ there wasn’t a blade of grass left. The deck in the back was left unkept and falling apart the front yard was cut but full of weeds.
Maybe this home if it would have had a renter in it would have looked better, or maybe not. Not every landlord is a responsible landlord. Nor is every renter a responsible renter. I once visited a home in Dearborn Heights being rented by a man when I was running for City Council. It was shocking to see what a landlord could get away with here in Dearborn Heights. Now have things changed? I hope they have, but I don’t feel the solution is to have empty homes all over the City this does no good. I do feel however if you are going to rent in this City you have a responsibility to keep your yard clean, grass cut, bushes trimmed. Is this the responsibility of the landlord or the renter? That depends on the agreement between the two parties. The City has a big part to play in this if you want to rent out your property in the City you should have a signed agreement with clear responsibilities for the renter and the landlord. This agreement kept on file with the City.
An updated list of every rental property in the City kept on file with the City. I think the City does have a list, but how up to date is it? There must be clear enforceable rules that are given to every landlord/renter in the City. There must be an ongoing inspection of each and every rental property in the City once a month. A clear log-book must be kept for every inspection including photos taken of the property. These inspections, of course, have nothing to do with the inside of the home. However, when a renter moves out the City must be notified by the landlord and when a new renter moves in a new agreement signed by both must be submitted to the City. This can happen electronically if a form could be put the City’s website for a landlord to fill out when a renter leaves and a new renter moves in. The agreement between the landlord and renter can be submitted by email to the ordinance department. Penalties should be put in place against any landlord that fails to comply with notifying the City.
Clear penalties for:
- Hanging gutters
- Uncut grass
- Weed ridden lawns
These are just a few, but you get the idea. Bottom line if you want to live here respect the City you live in respect the street you live on. If you want to own a property here be a responsible property owner.
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