ITS BEEN NEARLY A YEAR SINCE THE COLORADO SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL PROMISED TO PASS TOUGHER HOUSING LAWS...
THE LAWS WOULD BE DESIGNED TO PROTECT RENTERS FROM THE FILTHY AND DANGEROUS CONDITIONS WE FIRST SHOWED YOU IN OUR LANDLORDS HALL OF SHAME INVESTIGATION.
BUT HAS ANYTHING REALLY BEEN DONE?
THE ANSWER IS "NO."
OUR ON-GOING INVESTIGATION 11 NEWS LANDLORDS HALL OF SHAME EXPOSED SUB-STANDARD LIVING CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT COLORADO SPRINGS.
THE CITY'S CODE ENFOREMENT UNIT HAS TRIED TO CONTROL MAJOR PROBLEMS FOR YEARS, BUT BECAUSE THE CITY'S CODES HAVE NOT BEEN UPDATED SINCE THE 19-60'S, GETTING LANDLORDS TO COMPLY WAS TOUGH.
SO, AFTER WE BROUGHT OUR INVESTIGATION TO CITY COUNCIL... THEY DEMANDED TOUGHER LAWS.
THE CITY'S CODE ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENT DRAFTED THE CHANGES, AIMED AT MAKING THE CITY'S APARTMENTS MORE LIVEABLE.
THE CHANGES WOULD INCLUDE: LONGER-LASTING REPAIRS,
SO LANDLORDS WOULD NOT GET AWAY WITH QUICK PATCH-WORK TO SLIDE BY CODE INSPECTORS.
IF A LANDLORD FAILS TO FIX PROBLEMS, THESE PROPOSED REGULATIONS WOULD GIVE CODE ENFORECEMENT THE POWER TO CONDEMN A PROPERTY, AND IN EXTREME CASES, THE LANDLORD *MAY* HAVE TO PAY FOR TENTANT RELOCATION.
BUT THAT WAS LAST APRIL...
STILL, NOTHING HAS CHANGED.
THE NEW RULES ARE STALLED IN THE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, WHERE THEY ARE BEING REVIEWED..
WE ASKED CITY ATTORNEY PAT KELLY WHY IT'S TAKING HER SO LONG TO GET THESE NEW RULES IN FRONT OF CITY COUNCIL.
KELLY SAYS, "What has taken so long to get these in front of city council?"
(Pause)... "I'm not going to answer that."
MARCU ASKS, "What do you want to say to residents who have been living in sub-standard conditions for the last year or so, and these proposals have been sitting in your office?"
KELLY SAYS, "They have not been sitting in my office since then. I'm not going to answer it, Jeff."
MARCU ASKS, " Where have these proposals been?"
KELLY SAYS, "That I couldn't tell you. I have not tracked them down throughout the whole system."
MARCU ASKS, "Did they get lost within the city?"
KELLY SAYS,"You can cut the interview now, Jeff. I told you I wasn't going to answer this."
CITY COUNCIL MEMBER RICHARD SKORMAN, WHO WAS ACTIVE IN CALLING FOR TOUGHER LAWS, SAYS THE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE NEEDS TO GET MOVING.
SKORMAN SAYS, "The longer we wait, especially in a tough economy, pop[le have less choices of where to move, where to live and I'm concerned. I think we need to get on this and get on it quickly."
COUNCILMAN SKORMAN ADMITS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS COULD HAVE BEEN MORE AGGRESIVE IN ASKING FOR THE NEW LAWS.
EITHER WAY... HE SAYS EXPECT TO SEE CHANGE IN THE NEXT COUPLE MONTHS.
WE'LL KEEP YOU POSTED.