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Salem adding second housing inspector

May 9, 2013

SALEM — A second part-time housing inspector will begin work Monday in the city of Salem, giving the department more coverage and giving the current inspector some help with the workload....

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May-13-13 7:13 AM

vcable I agree that pride of ownership is lacking and it is not just those that rent their properties out. But the city can't make up the rules as they go along. Another thing some folks have wrong is they think it is only those on the lower end of the economic scale that don't take care of their property. That is not correct either I have seen people that don't have much money be some of the best people to display pride of ownership. I think it all has to do with like you said people having "pride" in having nice property.

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May-13-13 5:50 AM

I guess I will have to do some research... I am afraid that a lot of people have lost their 'pride' in having nice properties, sad but true.

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May-12-13 1:41 PM

I meant cite the specific laws you want enforced. Wouldn't want grammar police to get after me for using the wrong word. : )

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May-12-13 1:36 PM

Vcable specifically which laws do you want enforced that are not being enforced? Please site specific laws from the city codified ordinances. If Salem has a law about something that is where you will find it. If it is not there then there is no law to be enforced.

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May-12-13 11:08 AM

Uggh I am not saying the housing inspector should do all this but someone in the city offices should enforce the laws that are in effect. Ok tell me then when the landlords don't do their yards and trash because of an agreement then why don't they do something. I still stand by the homeowner being responsible for the mess and tenants if they have them. If this 'Save Salem' is going to work then it should include a cleanup of sorts.

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May-11-13 9:32 AM

There's only so much they can do... the rental regulations are fairly lenient in Salem (compared to, say, a college town with a ton of student rentals). And as mentioned, it's not their job to enforce beautification issues. Even if they could, unless the grass is a foot tall there is no action to be taken, and "clutter" is nothing more than an opinion.

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May-11-13 7:44 AM

vcable Like I said I am not disagreeing with you about the condition of some properties in town. I am just saying the housing inspectors are not authorized to force people to do some of the things, some people would like them to do. They can not force people to paint their homes and keep things all nice and pretty. Salem's housing inspection program is not a beautification program it is a housing safety program. We do disagree on who should be responsible for grass and debris violations the city has in place for all properties not just rentals. I think the ones responsible for the neglect should be held accountable you seem to think someone else should. If a tenant is suppose to keep the grass cut then he should be held responsible for that. Excusing people of their responsibility does not teach them to be responsible.

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May-10-13 6:20 PM

Vcable, I think I know which landlord you are referring to. A landlord has said almost word for word the same thing to me when I confronted him.

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May-10-13 12:50 PM

Warning : Hit the program at the wrong time it seems like you wait forever to get to the Gov, Sect,

Comes right after housing and planning.

Keep in mind the fire dept does most of the tech inspection part.

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May-10-13 12:11 PM

Thanks Ladybug I will check when I get home tonight.

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May-10-13 11:43 AM

For your information : Go to channel 9 Salem Comm, Serv,

Wait for housing inspector section. It will high light his duties and responsibilities,

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May-10-13 10:49 AM

Also when the housing inspector does look for rails, detectors etc. does he ignore the trash, the grass, and the state of the homes? I am so confused by this.

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May-10-13 10:45 AM

Well 'Concerned' you may have a point to a degree. Then someone has to be responsible for the property and I was under the inmpression that homeowner was... Are there no laws concerning landlords or renters? I own my property and if I was to let my grass grow to 6ft. would I not be responsible? If my trash was attracking rats and other varmints I am not responsible? So if not the homeowners who then? Why do I have to pay property taxes and abide by the rules, when others do as they please and ignore the rules? If I am wrong so be it but owning a home whether you live in it or not is the owners responsibilty from everything I have understood.

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May-10-13 10:01 AM

I am not saying you are wrong about those things but I don't really think those are things that the housing inspectors inspect. They inspect wiring, plumbing, hand rails, smoke detectors and such. Something else if the tenant is responsible for mowing the grass etc. shouldn't the city be going after the ones whose responsibility it is to do those things? The tenants are the ones that need fined if it is their responsibility not the landlord. Landlords can not just demand things these days. Do you know how difficult it is to evict someone? It is almost impossible thanks to fair housing laws and if there happens to be a pregnant woman in the house it is even harder. It is the tenants that are irresponsible and need to be made to follow the rules. Expecting landlords to do it will not make irresponsible tenants become responsible. Thankfully good tenants keep their homes up, others destroy them. The ones that are doing the destroying are the ones that need fined not the landlord.

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May-10-13 8:01 AM

Landlords who do not make tenants responsible for trash, animals, mowing etc. I was told by one such landlord that as long as they get their rent money they don't give a crap. Also vacant houses that are unattended and left to rot.

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May-09-13 9:56 PM

vcable Just curious. What violations in particular do you think are not being addressed?

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May-09-13 8:08 AM

I hope this one will do something. Too many slum landlord homes and violations have been unaddressed in this town. I love this town but am unhappy how things are run...

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