Landlords in Omaha could be facing a new inspection program; a bill passed out of committee this week in Lincoln that would require property owners to register with the city and have their rentals inspected once every three years.
If this bill passes, it'd be a universal system for every landlord in Omaha. One of the reasons this idea sparked is because of the Yale Park Apartments, where more than 2,000 violations were found.
John Chatelain, President of the Metropolitan Omaha Property Owners Association didn't think treating every landlord in the city the same will work.
A bill in the unicameral would make landlords inspect residences once every three year and would also be required to register.
Mark Vondrasek heads up the Omaha Tenants United, a group advocating for renters’ rights. Vondrasek said landlords need to be held accountable before things get as bad as they did at Yale Park.
Chatelain said this idea to regulate was already in the works before Yale Park Apartments shut down. He said the bill would require everyone in the city to be inspected and could include registration frees; which would likely get passed onto renters.
But for mark, he believed this is the start to a better outcome.
Chatelain said this system has also been used in Council Bluffs and La Vista. If you do wish to have your apartment inspected, the city code inspector can come inspect your property.
The bill will be discussed further this week.