News Alert!!!: Public Notice Meeting Regarding Properties Used As Rental Properties Is Cancelled.

Needles, CA: The Needles Planning Commission that was going to have an important public hearing meeting at 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 has been cancelled.

An item on the Needles Planning Commission agenda to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of an amendment of Needles Municipal Code Section 6-20 to include “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” requiring property used as rental property to be registered and inspected by the City of Needles will now be moved to Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 4:00pm PT.

Many in the community were outrage and called into the City of Needles Office wondering why that this item wasn’t notified to those who own residential rental property and only heard about the item from others in the community. Some are saying that this item is adding a fee to those who have residential rental property but others say it will help code enforcement with keeping the City of Needles clear.

ZachNews wanted to see for ourselves what this item is all about and asked for a copy of the Needles Planning Commission agenda item requiring property used as rental property to be registered and inspected by the City of Needles but still awaiting for our copy of the Needles Planning Commission packet.

On Monday, July 16th, 2012, ZachNews went down to the City of Needles Office to ask for the copy of the Needles Planning Commission agenda item requiring property used as rental property to be registered and inspected by the City of Needles from Secretary to the Planning Commission Board Cindy Semione, but we were so told that the Needles Planning Commission packet isn’t available at this time and that the Needles Planning Commission for this Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 was cancelled.

The Needles Planning Commission meeting to be held on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 4:00pm PT will be a public hearing workshop meeting to collect public input from the community and those who are interested should attend this public hearing workshop.

Accordingly, written correspondence is encouraged and should be addressed to the Needles Planning Commission, 817 Third Street, Needles, California, 92363.

For more information on this Needles Planning Commission agenda and public hearing, please contact the Secretary to the Planning Commission Board Cindy Semione at 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext 327.

1 thought on “News Alert!!!: Public Notice Meeting Regarding Properties Used As Rental Properties Is Cancelled.

  1. Greetings:

    I recently became aware, the city of Needles is proposing an ordinance that would require annual inspections of all residential rental properties in the city. If this is passed, I foresee many problems and headaches for the owners of those properties, myself included.

    First of all, properties under professional management should be exempt.

    Properties under professional management are well cared for. Standards are kept up, so income is derived. If a property under professional management becomes vacant, the professional property manager is the first to know about it. He is there to take care of any vacancy and secure a new tenant. There is no need for annual inspections of properties that are already taken care of. There is no need for annual inspections of rental properties occupied by happy tenants. There is no need to disturb happy tenants by encroaching on their quiet enjoyment of the home they are renting.

    Occupied rental properties provide revenue to the City of Needles. Occupied rental properties provide revenue to businesses within the City of Needles. The City of Needles should encourage responsible property owners who hire local professional property managers to oversee their properties. The City of Needles should not assess new taxes on those who already contribute to its economy .

    This is nothing but a ploy to expand the size of government. Maybe Needles needs one city building inspector, but they don’t need 50 of them, with rental property owners paying their (unearned) salaries. New taxes should not be assessed to rental property owners to give bureaucrats something to do.

    How does the City of Needles know which properties are rental properties? If aware of out of town owners, what is the City of Needles doing to notify the out of town owners of the impending (tax) inspections? Doesn’t Needles have a responsibility to notify all property owners? I was not notified by the City of Needles of this impending legislation.

    And why just target rental property owners? I’m sure there are many owner occupied homes needing repairs. And of course there are all the foreclosure properties in Needles, which are not providing revenue to the city.

    Why target the responsible rental property owner, who hires a professional property manager?

    Properties under professional management should be exempt.

    Respectfully,
    Marilyn King

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