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Property control is landlord’s right

If you want to wear your hair long and stringy, that’s your right. If you want to wear baggy, torn clothes, that’s your right. So it’s our right to control our property.

We don’t need more government in our faces. If we didn’t have so many ordinances now that aren’t being enforced, things wouldn’t be as bad as they are. Do we need more?

I don’t want government to order me around and charge money to come in and pick around to see if it can find something wrong. I try very hard to rent to people who will take care of my property. But not everyone takes the same care, and a lot of damage can be done before we can correct it. Most landlords take care of their property themselves. 

But when this inspector (probably not a licensed electrician or plumber) interprets something as “wrong,” then he’ll want you to pay for a professional to fix it. Many of the rental houses in Sterling and Rock Falls have at least one thing not quite right, but not everything can be corrected immediately, and it takes time and money.

So to discriminate against rental property owners is unfair. Inspect everyone. This will affect every landlord – not just ones in the landlords’ association. 

Zoning departments know every property that is a rental from court (property tax) records. There is the possibility you’ll be sought out and fined if you don’t participate and sign up for the Rental Inspection Program.

Don’t be naive. We, as a group of all landlords, need to stand together. Go to city council meetings, phone or write aldermen, call the mayor, and help us financially so we can stop this.

Contact SVLA at P.O. 401, Rock Falls, IL 61071. Help us to help all landlords.

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