Hungry San Luis Obispo City Council members added another property burden.
The May 5 vote of 3-2 approved a rental inspection ordinance on a three-year cycle to assure rentals are conforming to health and safety standards. There is a $65 annual fee, $185 inspection fee, $65 re-inspection fee as necessary or a $65 self-certification program.
These recurring property charges circumvent Proposition 13, as well as increase accounting and rental costs.
Actions from sloppy owners and tenants have allowed additional bureaucracy, intrusiveness and funds to feed systemic excessive city overhead.
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These fees supplement permit fees, license fees, 10 percent transient taxes, and recent Cuesta College and school property tax bonds.
Replace it with a balanced, computerized “Community Wellness” tracking system. Information exchange can be used to identify positive news, validate complaints, prioritize investigations and direct fees as appropriate. Sloppy tenants pay resolution fees to property owners.
It is unnecessary to criminalize owners, discourage renting or drive some underground when existing city inspection and arbitration practices can be included to resolve issues.