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Galt code enforcement is a one-man show

Hughes works with Galt property owners to keep city looking its best

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  • Robert Jacobs posted at 10:37 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Well I guess there is at least one government employee who actually likes his job, has integrity, and demonstrates respect for others! Who would have thought...

  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:30 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Both Lodi and Galt need to assure those who are reported also have the home itself inspected to make sure that dwelling is inhabitable. The slumlords and those landlords who circumvent the system by using property management companies to rent/lease their properties/residences/apartments seem to have problems keeping up with the maintenance and code violations themselves. Just go to the larger property management companies with many rentals in the less affluent, poor and minority areas of Lodi and Galt and make an appointment to see some of these rental units that are basically unfit to live in. Many are owned by the wealthy investors who disregard regulations, sometimes by lowering the rent just to keep the rental full and cutting every corner they can. SJ county had a program in Lodi that gave $4000 weatherization grants to those low income home owners to weatherize, but the sad thing is, they added those landlords and slumlords to the list allowing them to claim that $4000 grant if they merely jad a low income qualifying tenant in their rental. I haven't seen the figures nor the names of those Landlord/slumlords nor if they qualified for more than one grant, using several residences to qualify.Why should those landlords/slumlords be given any kind of grant? Isn't that their obligation to keep their rentals livable? I think the program even included new energy efficient appliances, new dual pane efficient windows, etc. Thatt's fine for low income homeowners but very suspicious to me that a wealthy/well to do landlord/slumlord should have gotten a penny just because a poor/low income tenant resides in his rental. Make the playing field level and inspect those homes that have been reported for code violations, if not all rentals before they are ooccupied?



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