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Missouri City Wants Warrantless Inspections

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posted on Feb, 7 2007 @ 08:54 AM
NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hundreds of residents in North Kansas City packed City Hall Tuesday night, upset over a proposed ordinance that they said could force them out of their homes.

KMBC's Lara Moritz reported that North Kansas City is known for its small-town feel and affordable rental property.

However, residents are blowing the whistle on a proposed ordinance that would include annual codes inspections on every piece of rental property, even if people aren't home. The proposal includes higher fees for landlords, which could, in turn, force them to raise the rent.

I was unable to attend this city hall meeting, but I find this quite infuriating. The City wants to make mandatory a yearly "health and safety" inspection of all rental properties without tenant permission or notice.

The people can't be trusted to decide if they need City assistance with their property issues. The City needs to make that decision for us. I call that socialism.

Currently units are only inspected by the City when they are vacant.

I have read of other small cities passing things like this, with citations including "too many dishes in sink". Has anyone else experienced this legislation? What was the outcome?

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