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City Changing Rental Inspection Policy

July 20th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

After utilizing a self-inspection program for several years, Cumberland City officials plan to make a change for several reasons. Topping the list is simple according to a report from City Administrator Jeff Rhodes: the self inspections are not working and there needs to be a better system in place to protect the landlords, tenants and the city. During this weeks public meeting, the Mayor and City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would require city inspections of all rental units when a change in occupancy occurs, unless the unit has been inspected within the previous 12 months. Those are the same requirements that were on the books before the city decided to allow tenants to self-inspect because some landlords had complained that city inspections were inconvenient. Prior to the vote, Jeff Hutter, president of the Associated Landlords of Cumberland, said while there were hopes that self inspections would work- there were some holes in the program…

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