Nebraska senator to introduce rental housing bill


    Nebraska State Senator Justin Wayne announced plans to introduce a bill focused on unsafe and unsanitary conditions in Omaha's rental housing.

    The proposal comes after the conditions at the Yale Park apartment complex were uncovered last month.

    "Poor housing conditions perpetuated by certain landlords have been a long-standing problem in North Omaha and throughout the city, and the Yale Park situation demonstrates the need for a new approach to address code violations in rental properties," said Senator Wayne.

    According to a release from Senator Wayne, Omaha's current code enforcement system works solely on complaints.

    He says under the proposed bill, the city would be required to do regular inspections of all rental properties within city limits.

    It would also make a registry of landlords in Omaha.

    Iowa has a law requiring all cities with more than 15,000 people to have a rental inspection program, according to the release.

    It says the City of La Vista already has a similar program.

    The proposed bill would apply to cities that qualify as 'metropolitan', or have more than 300,000 people.

    According to the release, Omaha is the only city that qualifies.

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