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Rental inspection ordinance tabled by Quincy City Council

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Rental inspections once again stoked discussion at Quincy City Council as the city took up the issue Monday night.

The topic drew a large crowd and everyone from heath officials and local religious leaders to landlords, and concerned citizens had something to say.

Some city council members voiced concerns that the rental inspection ordinance would have a negative effect on property owners which is why city council moved to have the issue tabled until September according to our news gathering partners at the Quincy Herald-Whig.

City council members said they're looking to try and draft a better version of the ordinance with more input from the community, property owners, and renters.

Many people speaking at city council tonight in support of the ordinance said it's important for the health, safety, and economic development in the community.

"The community that has an inventory of rental housing stock, and knows exactly what it needs to improve with life and safety allows that city to be first in line for significant grants from local local improvement and development," said Quincy Neighbor Carol Nichols.

Some alderman said they felt like landlords would be put in an awkward situation.

"So the issue I'm seeing in this whole thing is I'm not seeing a shared responsibility between landlords and renters. I'm seeing it all being dumped on the landlords," said Quincy 1st Ward Alderman Greg Greg Fletcher.

The so-called ordinance requiring the registration of residential rental property would require rental properties to be registered and pass a self-certification before it could be rented out.

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