POLITICAL REFORM

Blight

Warren has a blight problem - allowing properties to deteriorate - that some council members have associated with rental properties and absentee landlords. Their solution was to stop new rentals, instead of stepping up enforcement. We need to hire more blight inspectors and also create a position called Renters Advocate to help people where landlords are collecting rent but not doing needed repairs or not paying water bills or taxes. Most renters can't afford time or money to take landlords to court.