Op-Ed in Omaha World Herald
OTOC leader Dennis Walsh and Restoring Dignity Executive Director Hannah Wyble published an op-ed in the paper outlining what an effective housing policy should have to prevent the furthering of substandard rental housing.
Read the article here: Midlands Voices: Omaha needs to provide effective, affordable reform of rental oversight
And in case you missed it, here’s the editorial cartoon from Sunday, Feb. 9:
Call your council member today!
The City of Omaha is currently drafting a City ordinance to head off action by the Unicameral on Sen Wayne’s LB 85 which requires the City to register and periodically inspect all rental property in Omaha.
The Mayor and Council will make decisions over the next two weeks that will affect the health and safety of families and vitality of our neighborhoods for years to come.
Tell Mayor Stothert and your City Council member you want a strong ordinance requiring both Registration and Proactive Inspection. See below what OTOC believes the city needs to adopt.
Talking points- What OTOC believes must be in place for real rental property reform:
- Require registration of all rental properties. The city tracks who owns cats and dogs but does not track who owns rental property. Omaha should emulate Council Bluffs, which uses stiff fines for non-registration to attain an estimated participation rate of 85 percent. Registration data must be online, easily accessible and include records of code violations and all names of LLC owners.