From the Harford Property Owners Association:
Join us for the December meeting of the Harford Property Owners Association at 3 Vale Road, Suite 300 on December 22, 2011 at 6:30PM for planning and news about this legislation.
Currently, rental Housing in Harford County is subject to regulation through a document called the “Livability Code”. Link here: http://www.harfordhousing.org/Download/876.pdf
A few months ago, a “Livability Code Task Force” was commissioned by the Harford County Council to update the current Code, which was adopted in 1988. The Task Force has met several times, and the fruits of the discussions are ideas like implementing a countywide rental registration program which will mandate buying a permit from the County government in order to rent any property. Other proposals are mandating tests for Mold, radon, and water before being able to rent.
This will be a bureaucratic nightmare that is intended to give the County government license to control your homes, apartments, and other residential real property. This will greatly increase the cost of doing business in Harford County and lower property values overnight.
By putting a wall of bureaucracy between renters and landlords, this “rental registration” program will hurt good tenants and good landlords. If there are bad landlords (there were a total of less than 90 complaints levied with the Harford County Department of Housing from January through November of 2011), then this will not compel them to act.
The real estate market in Harford County is large, vibrant and growing. The County government should enact no laws that will limit the ability of people to control their own property nor the rights of renters to live where they choose.
The language from the bill has not been released yet, but these ideas are all floating out there. The Task Force must submit their findings to the Council at the first meeting in January and the legislation will then be considered by the Council.
In order to squash this destructive legislation, we need to organize and ACT NOW.
Property Rights must be protected in Harford County– and you are going to have to join the fight. After you have read this email, forward it to some business contacts or neighbors.
The leading advocate for this Rental Registration Program has been responding to emails by saying “there is no bill” or “Stop spreading misinformation.” — The fact is that while a piece of legislation has not been introduced, there is legislation in the works, and all interested people need to contact their Councilman. Tell him/her that the government should be protecting our Property Rights, not infringing on them. You can use the form at the bottom of this email to send an email to the entire Council and County Executive, or call or email your Councilman directly.
The only way to stop the RENTAL REGISTRATION program in Harford County is by organizing and working to defend our livelihoods and businesses. Will you join us for the meeting at 3 Vale Road, Suite 300 on December 22, 2011 at 6:30? Bring a friend, and let’s get to work.
If you need an update on the Harford County Rental Registration legislation being discussed, go here: http://harfordproperty.org/
Remember to forward this email to a friend or business contact so we can defend our property rights against a new RENTAL REGISTRATION program that is being proposed by the County Council.
Contact Phone Numbers and Emails for the Harford County Council
Council President Billy Boniface:
James “Capt’n Jim” McMahan
Richard C. Slutzky
Mary Ann Lisanti
County Executive David Craig