Laura Daab’s letter to the editor suggesting landlord licensure gets top billing on the RTD’s Opinion page today.
From the letter:
In the program, a person who owns property and rents it out, is required to be licensed and registered with the city. The property owners must comply with all current building and safety codes or they will be fined. After a certain amount of fines and due process, a landlord can have his license revoked and be put out of business.
People against this issue say that this would infringe on the long-honored land-rights laws that Virginians have enjoyed for centuries. Not true. People have the right to own land and rent it out if they want, but they don’t have the right to let their property become decayed and neglected at the expense and endangerment of others. Landlords should be held to the same standards as any other business owner.