Chris Young: Rental enforcement needed

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— The living conditions in the duplex at Fourth and Oak streets bring to light, once again, the dangerous conditions in which local renters are allowed to live. How is it that a basement “apartment” with a dirt floor covered by a carpet is considered a legal housing unit? What are our city’s standards and who is enforcing them?

Chris Young

Steamboat Springs

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flower 3 years, 8 months ago

I would think this was tenant's choice, probably a step up from their living conditions in there homeland. I don't want officials going through my living space making sure I am living the way they want me to, It's my choice.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 8 months ago

This is not about inspecting a person's house for neatness or so on. This is about a property owner adding unapproved units without planning approvals, not paying water and sewer for the units (largely fixed fees), not paying property taxes on the additional living area, and worst of all, they were unsafe substandard units.

And this was not for some obscure rural property but a highly visible downtown property that went through planning to have a major new development. Part of that process is describing the current use of the property so it would appear the property owner lied on the application for the approved project.

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sledneck 3 years, 8 months ago

There are no standards and there is no enforcement. Nor should there be.

If people want to live in less than ideal conditions it's their perrogative. What business is it of your's or the governments?

Everywhere the do-gooders inject their "guidance" housing costs rise and more people are forced into the conditions from which they are trying to escape.

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