Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee
May 17, 2017
Moving toward regulation of multi-residential buildings. This Thursday, the Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee voted to move multi-residential property licensing forward to city council in June. The current MRAB (Multi-Residential Apartment Buildings) system allows the city to audit building owners and take legal action in court, but does not include any kind of licence that can be taken away from non-compliant landlords. However, at least seven representatives of landlords and property owners deputed against the item, saying they should not have to pay the proposed cost-recovery fee for the licensing, and arguing that what is really necessary is a “real system” for enforcement. They weren’t the only business-minded people with an interest; entrepreneur Yale Fox of New York-based Rentlogic put together a website called LandlordWatch in collaboration with the housing advocacy group ACORN. Their method (which received criticism at committee) was to use city data to identify landlords with the highest number of inspections. See a short video showing how Fox did it below.