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Rental ordinance wins approval

April 29, 2014

FAIRMONT — After months of debate, Fairmont has a rental housing ordinance. The City Council voted 3-0 in favor on Monday. Council members Terry Anderson and Wes Clerc were absent....

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fishon

Apr-29-14 8:49 AM

The city has stated before that we need more rental units in town, so now when landlords opt out of owning, the city can swoop in and buy these rental units and get what they want.

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blue5011

Apr-29-14 9:48 AM

I never used "city" intervention when I was a renter, nor do I believe the city should tell me what I am renting is not "standard" housing.

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IronLone

Apr-29-14 11:27 AM

well it looks like ill have to get a third job. goota be able to afford my rent once it goes up. thanks fairmont city council. you have once again proved how one sided you really are.

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Gofigure

Apr-29-14 11:44 AM

I wonder if anyone thought about creating a Landlord Beware list of bad tenants who habitually trash property's. Being a Tenant is a business agreement with another person.If certain Tenants make a habit of coming and going from place to place leaving unpaid rent and damages, they should be on a list for other Landlords to be aware of. Most people can tell upon visual observation if a Landlord maintains his/her property or not. But it is impossible to look at a person(s)and be able to tell if they are responsible people or not. Sometimes people appear rough on the outside, but are good and responsible people otherwise. However, if the person(s)are on a Landlord Beware list and have a track record of damaging or destroying/trashing property's or not paying rent, Landlords should be able to have access to know this and decide if they're worth the risk. It's not about race or sexual orientation or age. It's business.

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SONJACK

Apr-29-14 6:46 PM

THE RENT HERE IS WAY TO HIGH AS IT IS AND MOST OF THEM ARE DUMPS.SO WHATS GONNA HAPPEN?Its not a big deal if you don't have to rent or your the landlord.Dont people know by now if a dump is next to your house then your property value is going to be a lot LOWER.Hello people

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FranklinBen

Apr-29-14 8:32 PM

Raise the rents and get many of these renters out of Fairmont. We don't need them. The next ordinance is to start forcing these slum lords to tear down these dumps.We also need many homeowners to be accountable for their property. Paint your house / mow the yard / pickup the garbage. Go ahead and disagree, go buy your cigs / alcohol / drugs and complain how the rich are picking on your rights to live like trailer trash.

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Zermies

Apr-29-14 8:49 PM

If you are a landlord and rent out the home, the home and the land has to be in tip-top shape... but if you own it, theres nothing stopping you from digging a hole and planting a boat in front of your house? I really wish I was joking.. over by 1st street someone has a boat dug into their yard. Quite comical, really.

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FairmontGuy

Apr-30-14 12:17 AM

$45 every three years for one property will not cause rent to go up. If landlords are not keeping properties up to basic safety code, then why wouldn't renters want to know about this?

This ordinance is not going to require property owners to completely remodel properties. This will force owners to provide adequite plumbing, electrical and foundation support. Also these homes will be checked for harmful chemicals and toxins. Minnesota has become a radon hot spot.

Renters should be happy property are required to provide good living conditions.

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SONJACK

Apr-30-14 10:06 AM

Listen to this guy raise the rent to get those sinners out. Oh poor rich people who none of them drink, do drugs or even cigs.SO your saying stomp out the poor. Who s going do your work for you? Your what's wrong with society maybe you should go by your own country. Nobody needs people like you. wow

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SONJACK

Apr-30-14 10:08 AM

Sounds like your yuppie trash you get out.

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IronLone

Apr-30-14 10:44 AM

i kind of agree with FranklinBen, i live in a neighborhood where there has been 5 drug busts in the last year. i am a renter, but with the option for contract for deed, and 90% of my block are rentals, if we could get rid of the slums and the drug dealers, it wouldnt be to bad of a block, i keep my yard looking nice, mowed weekly, trash and sticks picked up, why cant everyone else?

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IronLone

Apr-30-14 10:44 AM

And SONJACK, maybe lay off the booze before you post something and make a fool of yourself?

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greeng1370

Apr-30-14 12:26 PM

I agree with sonjack.Were you get the landlords have to have top notch places your nuts.Its the people that live there responsibility to take care of it or get a citation. There not talking about mowing your grass, but things like mold in houses.Your comments are noting more then class warfare. Not everybody does drugs, and a lot of people work and are still poor.

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considerthetruth

Apr-30-14 9:22 PM

Three council members and the mayor support the ordinance. If you agree, vote for them in the next election. If you don't, get someone to run for office and support them. Decisions have consequences.

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blue5011

Apr-30-14 9:24 PM

FairmontGuy says: "Renters should be happy property are required to provide good living conditions."

blue5011 says, I will be the judge of "good living conditions", I do not need nor want government intervention into a private contract. Some of us are perfectly capable to take care of ourselves.

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FrankRosenthal

May-01-14 12:33 PM

I was just curious if anyone was aware why Terry Anderson was not present for the vote at the meeting. He represents the ward with the most rental properties and I would be interested in his opinion on this.

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