Gov. Beverly Perdue is visiting the Outer Banks to boost a new front
in her ongoing contest with legislative Republicans over education spending.
"Rental properties no longer require inspections
The City of Greensboro no longer requires property ownersto have an inspection on rental properties before renting.
The Rental Unit Certificate of Occupancy (RUCO) program went under reconstruction last year
and made it to the General Assembly
where Governor Bev Perdue signed it into law on June 23, 2011.
The Democratic governor visits a Manteo elementary school Monday
to talk about the North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program.
Senate Bill 683 bans the city or county
from doing inspections on rental properties without reasonable cause.
...it means less properties will get inspected and landlords can use the threat of eviction
to keep people from reporting substandard living conditions,”...
Housing advocates are concerned that the elimination of proactive inspections
will cause issues between landlords and tenants because tenants may fear retaliation
if they complain to the city about substandard living conditions.
Cannon also noted how regular inspections could catch things
like mold that can cause asthma,
which can be very serious in children.
Perdue last week issued an executive order that pre-kindergarten education
be offered to all eligible 4-year-olds while maintaining existing academic standards.
A state judge last month said the state must offer the program for at-risk kids
as part of its duty to provide a good, basic education.
So Bev Perdue publicly said one thing
and not so publicly signed a law that undermines her public stance?
Neither Perdue nor the judge said how the state would pay
for a potential flood of thousands of children.
At the June 7 [Greensboro] city council meeting,
council members tabled a resolution that, if approved,
would oppose legislation prohibiting local governments
from proactively inspecting residential buildings or structures.
Who voted to table the motion?
The new law does not allow for an inspector to check more than the unit
that a complaint was made against.
...the city can only inspect a property at the response of an occupant complaint or filed petition,
and no parts of the former ordinance stands."
Republican lawmakers say the pressure threatens to disrupt the state budget.
If the State of North Carolina passes a law restricting low income rental inspections,
why would some landlords not increase rentals to poor illegals
as employers displace American workers
to lower employment costs at the expense of many American North Carolinians?