Pat Kamins landlord, Rob Morra (on right) Building Commissioner
Amherst Building Commissioner Rob Morra reports the most recent Rental Permit Bylaw enforcement actions taken by his office to bring into the compliance the final dozen properties (out of 1,300) has been successful.
Only one remains -- 84 Grantwood Avenue -- and they have told him the "application is in the mail."
A dozen years ago the Board of Health made an ill fated attempt to bring about Rental Registration but it was mostly ignored; and after the contentious "Smoking Ban in Bars War" from a few years earlier the Board seemed reticent to take on the enforcement challenge.
Naysayers with a vested interest claimed the current implementation of the common sense bylaw, with its nominal $100 annual fee, would be a logistical nightmare and that the Zoning Board would be overwhelmed with hearings to approve the parking component of the program.
But all of that sound and fury has apparently signified nothing.
100% compliance now sets the stage for rental occupancy peak season when students return next month. So the next big test is yet to come.