Fayetteville to landlords: Fix your properties or else
Posted July 14, 2014
Fayetteville, N.C. — Fayetteville is cracking down on landlords who aren't keeping their properties in good shape, going as far as barring those who have been repeatedly cited for violations from renting their properties for a year.
"I'm really glad to see it starting to be cleaned up. I really am, I mean, I'm grateful," said Mary Brown, who lives across the street from a house on Nimocks Avenue that city inspectors have boarded up.
Nimocks Avenue is only two blocks long, but it has three houses on it that have multiple violations. People still live in the two homes that haven't been boarded up.
For the past two years, Fayetteville inspectors have been going door to door enforcing city codes. They use the local Rental Action Management Program to fine homeowners who don't comply. Penalties can swell to $500 per day. Three violations in the same year, and the property owner has to register under the program and pay a $1,000 fee.
City Councilman Bobby Hurst said he has heard from deployed servicemen and single mothers, complaining about landlords not making necessary repairs or about health-related issues in rental properties.
Robert Anderson, who owns one of the problem homes on Nimocks Avenue, also owns a house on Campbell Avenue where Carlos Engle lives. Fayetteville officials warned Anderson in May to fix the first residence, and they recently warned him that repairs are also needed on Engle's home.
"I just want my bathroom fixed. I want my doors to lock. I want my doors to stand on the hinges," Engle said. "I want a landlord that's reasonable, and he's not the one."
Anderson, who owns about 80 rental properties in Fayetteville, didn't return messages Monday for comment. He isn't among the 12 landlords barred from renting property for a year.