DeKalb takes first vote on rental housing rules
DeKALB – After discussing the issues for nearly two years, the DeKalb City Council finally cast its first official vote Tuesday on ordinances that are geared to fixing the city's rental property issues.
But it became apparent through extensive debate that the aldermen and landlords from the DeKalb Area Renters' Association were divided on different aspects of creating a new city inspection bureau.
The city and DARA were able to agree on the inclusion of a crime-free lease addendum, crime-free training for the landlords, the "three strikes" disorderly house provision and a sidewalk exterior inspection program. A preliminary vote supported those measures, with aldermen David Jacobson and Monica O'Leary of the First and Seventh Wards, respectively, voting against them.
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