"A key feature of Greensboro’s rental unit inspection program will have to be phased out...
“There’s no question the Greensboro program is negatively affected,” said Rep. Rick Glazier...
The bill now goes to Gov. Bev Perdue.
How much has the real estate industry given to Bev Perdue?
...City officials and advocates credit Greensboro’s proactive inspection program
with dramatically reducing the number of housing complaints over the life of the program
— from 2,014 the year it began to 459 six years later.
“(The bill) pretty much says we are not interested in prevention,” said Beth McKee-Huger, director of the Greensboro Housing Coalition. “After it’s gotten bad enough, then we’ll try to address it. But we will not prevent things from getting bad enough. So who knows how many people are going to be hurt.”
How many renters could Bev Perdue harm
by signing the bill into law?
Adams and Harrison argued that Greensboro’s program
had helped cut the number of complaints about substandard housing.
The city, Adams said, should be allowed to go out and look for problems
just as inspectors in other fields do.
“I just wonder how we would think about not inspecting restaurants
before we found out someone got sick,” Adams said."
Mark and Amanda