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Rental rules stir debate

January 28, 2014

FAIRMONT — City Hall was packed Monday night with people for and against a proposed rental ordinance. The forum precedes another public hearing on the ordinance slated for Feb....

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blue5011

Jan-28-14 8:59 AM

Since the city of Fairmont wants to be involved, I suggest the city buy up all rental housing and run it themselves. As I stated in a previous article, I rented for 35+ years, and only once did I need any assistance from a government agency. And in that instance I simply moved.

You know the laws as written say one is not to speed w/ your car, well how many times does that law get broke in a day?

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blue5011

Jan-28-14 9:02 AM

So if one has a nuisance owner-occupied house in the neighborhood, how long does it take to get "rid" of the occupants and/or home?

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IronLone

Jan-28-14 11:00 AM

personally I think it is just another way for the city to screw people over. I have rented all of my adult life, having cheap places to rent is why I was able to go to college and not have to work 4 jobs to survive. I personally cannot afford to have my rent go up because the city is forcing my landlord to update things that don't need it, my landlord also happens to be very close to me, I don't want to see them fall on financial hardship because the city wants to pull some crap like this. This is Fairmont, not Mankato. cheap housing is what keeps people in this town. Oh and if people are worried about criminals in their neighborhoods, maybe instead of turning a blind eye until after something happens how about handling the problem, turn them in, provide evidence. It's not exactly difficult. these aren't landlord problems they are people problems, and people as we know it have to have something to whine about to feel important.

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ellanmarie

Jan-28-14 2:34 PM

Minimum maintenance on property. Take some pride in your properties landlords! Clean the air ducts, install smoke detectors, do repairs right the first time and not half way causing more hazards. It's about having pride as a landlord and as a renter. It is not to much to ask, when paying $600 in rent ( often much more then land lord cost ) that the home be healthy and safe. With landlords income being vast, I'm sure you'd never see them living in some of the slums they own. They wouldn't tolerate some of the deplorable conditions their own properties are in, why do they expect their renters too?! I've seen the properties in Fairmont. I've looked at a lot of them. I only met on landlord that took pride in his properties! Most didn't even show up to a walk thru appointment only called to notify me that the door was open and to go on in. This ordinance is simply outlining for landlords what has been asked of them for YEARS and they ignored, maintain your property with pride

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ellanmarie

Jan-28-14 2:38 PM

How do I get ahold of the focus on Fairmont group?

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onlyinblueearth

Jan-28-14 3:28 PM

It's no wonder Danny and Doug don't want the rental ordinance. Have you seen their pile of crap that they rent. Doug is way to cheap to do proper repairs and often times has non certified people fix stuff. (I.E plumbing electrical etc.)

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heatherhawkins

Jan-28-14 6:43 PM

ellanmarie you or anyone can contact focus on fairmont as follows:

focusonfairmont@gmail****

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ellanmarie

Jan-28-14 9:49 PM

If you are a renter in Fairmont and you feel the property is not safe or properly maintained, contact the city building inspectors and have the home inspected.

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darkdruid

Jan-29-14 12:56 PM

Not all landlords are slum lords, seems that quite a few people are boiling tar and plucking feathers. Instead of more ordinances and codes how about enforcing the ones that exist. All the problems that have been listed already are addressed by current codes/law.

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IronLone

Jan-29-14 4:31 PM

try living in a bigger city wildthing, what we have here is a lot cheaper then living in mason city, or brookings sd. rent there is in the 700 to 1200 dollar range. so I stand by my statement about cheap rent around here, and the city only bugs you if your stupid and do something that causes your neighbors to get upset. it has nothing to do with freedom, it has to do with it is a dying city with nothing going for it, spending money on what is not needed and punishing landlords. So please continue to talk out of your ass about freedom, I enjoy it.

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ellanmarie

Jan-29-14 5:08 PM

Darkdruid - what are the current ordinances and codes for housing in the city of Fairmont?

What are the current renter rights?

Where do I find these printed as my rights as a renter?

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darkdruid

Jan-30-14 9:35 AM

State Attorney general webpage has pdf of state rules.....HUD would have federal ones and you'd have to talk with the city/city building inspector for the city ones. I don't know if the county has any but you could call them and ask.

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ellanmarie

Jan-30-14 9:50 AM

There are no rules currently in place in Fairmont. I've spoken with the building inspector, I've had my home ( a rental property ) inspected and a problems fixed. My landlord has been on top of all repairs I've brought to their attention. HUD rules and regulations are for homeowners and buyers, not renters. Leaving a property owned by a landlord for any number of years unispected and only supseptable to the code that was in place at the time of sale. Many of these homes have not been brought up to current code for safety and health of consumers. A rental obedience would help consumers and landlords properly maintain buildings and units.

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darkdruid

Jan-30-14 11:11 AM

Bringing things up to current code would be great but then it would have to apply to homeowners and businesses also......think of the screaming then. HUD rules apply when gov't funds are used to pay or adjust rent. There are rules in place just not labelled as rental rules....such as inspections and codes for wiring, plumbing, ect.

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IronLone

Jan-30-14 12:05 PM

wildthing I had no problem replacing my water heater without a permit, nor my furnace. I don't know what your talking about but why are you complaining if you are a owner and not a renter? seriously im confused, the situation doesn't bother you, you are just stirring up crap and whining. I am a renter, I therefore have some valuable input on this situation.

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ellanmarie

Jan-30-14 12:55 PM

HUD Rules do apply when government funds are used, yes. But are not being enforced in the city of Fairmont. My house was inspected by sectioning, but the plumbing under the sink was completely unattached to the sink. And it passed inspection that way. Two light fixtures had to be replaced because of issues. It still passed inspection. The furnace was not working properly nor was the water heater. It still passed inspection. The walls and cabinets were coated with Goo and nastiness. we spent a cumulative 256 hours of cleaning before we could move in. The plumbing in the basement leak and black mold grew in the tub. It's still passed!! This is why a code in Fairmont is important.

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Born2Live

Jan-31-14 12:27 PM

The way it looks in this report I’d have to say no. It’s an infringement on laws we have and most of the complaints seem like civil personal agendas rather than anything to do with what this claims to be for. I’ve rented here in Fairmont and I own here Fairmont as well as in other cities so I’ve been on both sides. Most of this sounds like a nosey neighbor syndrome infringing on the owners’ rights. I’ve considered buying more property and/or possibly building and would think twice if something like this goes through. Basically condemning a home without warning or notice, evicting an owner, is not appealing at all to me. I’ll look elsewhere for better opportunities.

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thedealio

Jan-31-14 4:04 PM

Rental prices in Fairmont are ridiculous. $700 plus for a below avg apartment? If landlords would fix heaters, a/c, hanging gutters, safety hazards, slap a little paint around, and mow grass - or find someone to do these types of things - then none of this would be necessary. You'd think those basics would be covered and not need higher rent to accomplish. Besides the cost, too many of these places are eyesores and that's up to the owner just like homeowners. There's plenty of homeowners with work to do, too.

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