City Officials Plan to Discuss Tenant-Landlord Act

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

Some Bowling Green officials are wondering whether or not to put a Tenant/Landlord Act in place. This comes after 30 families living in the bottom half of Bowling Green Estates were left homeless after their apartment building was condemned two weeks ago.

While some city officials say a Tenant/Landlord Act is needed, others are skeptical that if you look at the fine print, it still may not prevent a Bowling Green Estates situation .

Director of Citizen Information and Assistance Michael Grubbs says in order to inspect every apartment; you would first need permission to enter private property.

Grubbs says if the city were to adopt some type of ordinance where they inspected rental units periodically, and then Bowling Green would have to hire more inspectors, which the city may or may not be able to afford.

Currently, it’s up to tenants to launch a complaint before city officials will come inspect the inside.

The Tenant/Landlord Act was supposed to be a topic of discussion Tuesday night at Bowling Green’s Code Enforcement meeting, but was taken off the agenda at the request of Bowling Green Estates Attorney Alan Simpson.

Michael Grubbs says the city tried to adopt a Tenant/Landlord Act back in the late 90’s but some landlords rallied against it and City Commission decided not to adopt it.

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