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Opelika Alabama - CITY OF OPELIKA SUSPENDS ENFORCEMENT OF RENTAL ORDINANCE 21 September 2022 ( news )
Opelika , state Alabama ( By Press Release office)
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The City of Opelika is aware of and evaluating the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision in a case involving a challenge to a Rental Ordinance enacted by Center Point , Alabama . The City is also presently involved in litigation over its own rental ordinance . While the City evaluates the changing legal landscape , it has suspended enforcement of its rental ordinance .
City Attorney Guy Gunter said , “The City of Opelika will begin determining the best way to move forward in the coming weeks . ”
&nbs......p;On September 21 , 2021 , the City of Opelika approved an ordinance adopting a registration and inspection program for residential properties being rented within the City of Opelika . The City of Opelika’s Residential Rental Property Registration and Inspection Ordinance was intended to keep residents of the City of Opelika in safe and comfortable residential rental dwelling units .
Mayor Gary Fuller added , “We are extremely disappointed and have deep concerns for the tenants in some of our rental properties . We are grateful that we do have many landlords who do the right thing . ”
Of the inspections processed during the time the ordinance was in effect , city inspectors were able to catch many housing errors , such as windows being nailed shut , lack of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and improperly maintained natural gas fixtures . Most rentals passed after the first inspection .
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