City officials may reopen the debate about a controversial rental housing inspection program.
The program has been broadly praised for decreasing the amount of unsafe housing in the city.
The number of complaints about bad housing has dropped from about 2,000 in 2003 to fewer than 500 last year.
The amount of substandard houses also declined to 705 units last year.
But a city advisory board plans to consider revising the Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy program at the prompting of Councilwoman Nancy Vaughan, who questioned the program’s costs.
Why would Nancy question costs of a program that helps poor people
and not question the costs and voted for
a most likely fraudulently marketed Aquatic Center?
…City staffers, including Engineering and Inspections chief Butch Simmons, have argued the pro-active inspection approach is necessary to root out the city’s slums...
But Vaughan wondered whether the program, which will cost the city about $980,000 this year, is worth the cost.
“I just don’t know how well our money is being spent,” Vaughan said. “Why not just wait for the complaints?”
On Thursday, the advisory board appointed a subcommittee to review the issue and report back to the City Council later this year.
Who is on the advisory board and subcommittee?
The program has drawn the ire of property managers and landlords, who have argued it is a waste of city resources to inspect the quality units along with blighted properties.
Like the property managers and landlords that have donated to Nancy and Don?
On Thursday, the rental advisory board members debated the idea of going back to a complaint-driven system…"
Greensboro News and Record, July 10, 2010
Nancy Vaughan 2009 Real Estate Industry Contributions
10/05/09 $100 Wade Jurney Real estate-development
09/29/09 $100 David R. Howard Real estate-development
09/23/09 $75 Amy Barakat Cook Real estate-development
09/23/09 $200 Randall R. Kaplan Real estate-development
09/18/09 $100 Arthur Samet Real estate-development
09/15/09 $1,000 William M. Kotis Real estate-development
09/13/09 $100 Kelly R. Marks Real estate-development
09/11/09 $250 Frank Auman Real estate-development
08/15/09 $200 Amy Barakat Cook Real estate-development
07/23/09 $100 Chuck Forrester Real estate-development
06/11/09 $250 Frank Auman Real estate-development
06/11/09 $50 Amy Barakat Cook Real estate-development
06/15/09 $100 Stephanie Koury Craft Real estate-development
06/10/09 $125 Brad Deaton Real estate-development
06/10/09 $125 Dana S. Deaton Real estate-development
06/15/09 $100 Kelly Koury Harrill Real estate-development
06/15/09 $100 Lisa Koury Johnson Real estate-development
05/29/09 $100 Milton S. Kern Real estate-development
06/02/09 $100 Edmund W. Koury Real estate-development
06/15/09 $100 Ronald W. Mack Real estate-development
06/15/09 $100 Mo Milani Real estate-development
05/25/09 $250 Jerone D. Pearson Real estate-development
06/11/09 $100 Michelle W. Porter Real estate-development
05/27/09 $250 Norman Samet Real estate-development
05/27/09 $250 Sylvia Samet Real estate-development
06/15/09 $100 Stephen D. Showfety Real estate-development
06/02/09 $125 Leslye Tuck Real estate-development
06/02/09 $125 Marshall Tuck Real estate-development
06/15/09 $100 Ashley Koury Vanore Real estate-development
Don Vughan 2010 Real Estate Industry Contributors
Dawn Chaney Chaney Properties
George Carr Beacon Management
William Cassell Cassell Properties
Seth Coker Signature Properties
Ronald Fields Ronald Fields & Co
David Hagan Hagan Properties
Marc Isaacson Real Estate Development Attorney
John Jobe Jobe Properties
Robert Rapp ARAPPCO
Michael Shiftan Devcon Resources
Norman Samet Real estate-development
Sylvia Samet Real estate-development
Sandy Sandler Sandler Properties
Bruce Sandler Sandler Properties
Marshal Tuck Samet Corp
Thomas White Alliance Management
North Carolina Home Builders Association