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Rental inspections are not free

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I was amused by the recent Street Talk (March 3) question where all four responses were affirmative: “Do you think that rental properties in San Luis Obispo should be subject to inspections by the city?” They already are. Code enforcement does drive-by inspections of home exteriors in all neighborhoods. And, as far as I know, homes have always been subject to interior inspections by the city, when accompanied by a tenant request or an appropriate inspection warrant. I’m fairly certain that the question pertains to the recent rental inspection ordinance enacted by the San Luis Obispo City Council. A better question might have been: “Would you be willing to pay a little higher rent if the city inspected your home?”

-- Scott Hull - San Luis Obispo

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