Posted on December 8, 2009
The City of Bellingham is considering an ordinance to charge for each rental unit and license Landlords. This stemming from one residence that has a problem with loud neighbors that won't stop partying, and Terry Boreman City Councilman long time goal of having such an ordnance. I have found Terry to be a reasonable and valuable City Councilman, but on this issue I disagree. The current disturbing the peace law which has a $500 fine for each violation should be all that is necessary to deal with the occasional disturbing neighbor. This law if passed with mandatory inspections would require 4 to 5 new inspectors because of the large stock of rental housing in Bellingham and tax an already over worked planning and police department. and is like using a hammer to crack an egg.