AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Amherst wants to make landlords more accountable for their property and their tenants, but some are not behind the idea.
The proposed bylaw, being drafted by the Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative , would make landlords and property managers get town-issued permits before being allowed to rent their units.
Proponents of the measure say it will promote the preservation of buildings, enhance quality of life, and provide clearer guidelines for the operation of rental properties.
If it's passed, landlords would need to apply for a permit by providing the town with a management plan and evidence that they are complying with zoning and all applicable building, fire, and health codes.
Amherst property owner Truman Likens opposes the proposal, saying that the town should go after the absentee landlords who don't comply.
"My stuff is in good shape, looks good. If I have a problem, I'm very attentive to it. I don't really see anything I'm doing wrong. Well, Amherst seems to want to pass off to us, a lot of the cost," Likens said.
If the bylaw is enacted, these permits would only be valid for one year.