During last weeks DDNA meeting, many attendee’s were glad to hear that the Budget & Economic Development (BED) committee moved forward with adding criminal elements to the PROP. Now, you have a chance to voice your approval, concerns, and comments on June 3, 2008 at City Council.
From the City of Raleigh E-Newsgram:
PUBLIC HEARING JUNE 3 ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO PROP ORDINANCE
The Raleigh City Council will hold a public hearing on June 3 at 7 p.m. on proposed amendments to the City’s Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit (PROP) ordinance. Citizens will be able to comment on the proposed changes at the public hearing, which will be held in the council chamber on the second floor of the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St.
One of the amendments would add the following crimes to the PROP ordinance:
- Possession of stolen goods;
- Violations of certain state alcohol and liquor regulations;
- Unlawful weapons;
- Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon;
- Gaming violations; and,
- Disorderly conduct.
Another amendment would add civil penalties for noise and nuisance party violations. Also, council members are considering a proposal to require all landlords in Raleigh to register their property with the City.
Under the ordinance, a landlord must obtain a PROP if he or she has violated unsafe building, minimum housing, zoning or noise or party nuisance ordinances at a rental site and has failed to bring the property into compliance by a City-established deadline. Landlords who have a pattern of repeat citations at a rental property also must get the permit. The permit prohibits the landlord from renting the property until it is brought in compliance with City code. The goal of the PROP ordinance, which the City Council enacted in 2005, is to assure better quality rental housing for tenants and the surrounding neighborhood.