Citing multiple complaints over safety and overcrowding in rental housing, officials in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania have budgeted for a new landlord monitor.
According to a news report, council members want a third-party to handle administrative matters like maintaining contact information on landlords and collecting and reviewing insurance records and leases, and to oversee a rental property inspection program.
One landlord expressed doubts about the need to supply copies of all rental leases. City officials responded that it is necessary to police occupancy restrictions.
Inspections would take place once per year, or more if a property does not pass, according to the report.
The borough’s 2014 budget projects a 20% increase in rental licensing fees over last year, the highest single line-item revenue figure of all permits and fees.
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