Wednesday night, I attended North Miami’s workshop on the new Landlord Registration program spearheaded by Mayor Lucie Tondreau. The program is her attempt to “improve living conditions” by imposing additional fees, registration of landlords and tenants and inspecting every apartment before rental.
The room was filled with landlords concerned about the additional fees, loss of tenants’ privacy, additional inspections and the loss of rental income that would result. Some of the speakers became quite emotional.
The vast majority of people who spoke were against the program in whole or in part, including industry professionals who foresaw a reduction in property values. Many offered alternative solutions that were less costly and less intrusive.
One would think that the purpose of the public forum would be to get feedback to properly represent one’s constituents.
Not so with Mayor Tondreau. After she closed the public forum, she told everyone why she was going through with the program, ignoring all the comments that had been made.
Apartment buildings in North Miami contribute a large amount of property taxes to the city, and their owners’ concerns should not be dismissed. This new Landlord Registration program is a punitive measure that harms the many good landlords just to go after the few slumlords that exist.
Mayor Tondreau does not rule a dictatorship and she should wake up to that fact.
Jorge Carabelli, Miami