This is in response to the “Uniform inspections? Sterling, Rock Falls seek collaborative effort on rentals” article in the Feb. 1 SV Weekend.
I think it’s a good idea to keep the rental properties livable and safe for the renters because the majority of renters are paying a high price for renting the property.
I just think it needs to go a little further and landlords need to be held responsible for the renters not shoveling snow or mowing the lawn, basic upkeep of the yard, excessive noise, and partying.
Homeowners know that the tax assessor comes around and puts a dollar value on your property. If you’re looking to put your property on the market at that price, you won’t be able to sell because of the condition of houses around you that aren’t being taken care of.
Right now, I have rental neighbors that do exactly nothing to keep up the appearance of the outside of the house or yard. They do like to party every weekend until the sun comes up. with no regard or respect for the rest of the neighborhood.
The neighbors and I have tried talking to the renters and landlords about this situation, and it falls on deaf ears.
We’ve resorted to calling the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department (since we’re outside city limits); they drive by, and the noise calms down until they’re out of sight – then the noise starts up again. This is the same routine every weekend, sometimes numerous times in one night or morning.
With that being said, if landlords don’t comply with neighborhood complaints of maybe three in one month, maybe there should be a fine associated with the complaints; then maybe the landlords will start caring.
I know there are good and bad renters, and landlords, but with the bad ones, something does need to happen.