Jan 26, 2011 Matt Roesly
Property owners in Portland, Maine, will be held to higher standards for their management of disorderly buildings, according to the Portland Forecaster. The city council will review new regulations that will lower the ceiling, resulting in fines and other legal issues for landlords. Current regulations mandate that a property can be classified as disorderly if eight or more police reports or three criminal prosecutions arise from a location within a 30-day period. The motivation for new rules stems from approximately 150 incidents that resulted in police calls from a property in downtown Portland, the paper details. In many cases, the landlord could not be reached, exasperating problems at the property and forcing the city to levy nearly $27,000 in fines. In this specific case, the police department's neighborhood prosecutor, Trish McAllister, said the fines could be waived if the landlord provides on-site security, offers counseling for current tenants and commits to more stringent tenant screening. On February 10, Coastal Enterprises will host a course for landlords that will better educate them on matters of fair housing practices, tenant screening, tenant issues and other topics, the Brunswick Times-Record reports.