OTOC Wins Rental Housing Reforms in Omaha

"An alliance of Omaha churches and community groups celebrated Tuesday after the City Council unanimously approved measures to increase fees for city building permits and inspections...About 30 members of the group Omaha Together One Community filled ...council chambers as seven of its members testified in favor of the amendments..."We know that many owners respond by fixing the problem. Our concern is with those who do not," said OTOC member Susan Kuhlmann of Omaha."

Since 2003, city fees had stagnated at $41 per re-inspection, a fee so low that 4,000 cases with unpaid fees remain open. The change would increase the fees to $125 per re-inspection over the next three years, high enough for an unpaid fee to appear on a landlord's credit report.

The Council unanimously voted 'yes' on all three ordinances.

Council OK's Fee Increase, Omaha World Herald

Increase Fees for Code Violations, Letter to the Editor

Hike in Home Inspection Fees Mean to Tackle Dilapidated Homes, KVNO News