Susan Guidry, New Orleans councilperson from district A, listens to a speaker at a ceremony. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)
By Claire Byun
A new plan to register and inspect apartments in New Orleans is headed to City Council on Thursday, though Faubourg St. John neighbors still has reservations about the proposed policies.
Keith Twitchell, president of the Committee for a Better New Orleans, explained parts of the ordinance to members of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association at their regular meeting Tuesday. The proposal allows the city to hire a private firm to register and inspect most private rentals within the city. The public registry would be put in place in January and landlords would have to sign up by the end of the year, with different deadlines based on the number of apartments a property contains. If an apartment passed its initial inspection, it wouldn’t be required to have another one for three years, though problematic properties would have more frequent reviews, Twitchell said. Continue reading »