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Review board eyed for code violations in Schenectady

City-landlord disputes would be heard

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Schenectady may soon have a board to mediate disputes between the expanded code enforcement department and city landlords. A group of landlords who have organized Schenectady Landlords Influencing Change asked the council last week to make several changes to code enforcement. Some requests are unlikely to be granted — they want the rental inspection program to be limited or abolished, while the council is adding a worker to do more inspections. But council members said ...

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November 20, 2012
6:20 a.m.

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This is never going to work. Did a lawyer have any part in this? Someone doesn't like the decision of the Board so they appeal. What will a court think if it hears that in some cases, the Board followed the "spirit and intent of the law" and in others they "enforced the law as written, " in other words - strict enfocement. You cannot have it both ways. Who ever heard of a code violation that could be "eliminated" because of "practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships." It's a joke. And who will nominate the people to be on the Board?? What are the qualifications? This is set up to fail. All anyone has to do is take an hour drive around Schenectady to see that code enforcement has been a failure. We need better enforcement, not less enforcement.

November 20, 2012
9:03 a.m.

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Agreed. But you also need a simple small claims process to hold bad tenants accountable for damage that may be the cause of some code violations. A review board like this would also never work because they would be insiders appointed by the Mayor. If they proceed with a board- they need average citizens review board to determine if the City is acting fairly or not.