Wednesday, December 14, 2011


According to the Times Leader: Rental re-inspection fee considered City Council will be taking up the issue of rental inspections, and attempting to raise the fees assessed on ONLY the GOOD law abiding landlords. 

As we all know the city has NO idea how many rental properties are in The City, and it would seem they could care less.

The issue at hand MORE FEES….

  • Why doesn’t The City know how many rental units are in The City?
  • Is this yet another unlawful tax?
  • Does rental inspection violate the Fourth Amendment?

In the case of (Roy Dearmore et all V. City of Garland, Nov 2005) resulted in a U.S. District Court ruling that warrantless demands for entry into privately owned homes was unconstitutional.
  • The Fourth Amendment:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
  • Wake Up City Council:
Instead of attempting to put the squeeze on the good landlords, why doesn’t The City do something about the landlords who don’t ever follow the rules? 

Could it be that investigating how many rental properties are in The City would be too time consuming, or is it that we are just to laze? In either case Ignorance is Bliss. 

I know you could just ask Crime Watch they have a better idea of who’s doing what in Wilkes Barre then The City could ever hope to.

Wake Up Wilkes Barre

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