Saturday, February 18, 2006

Landlords Oppose License Fee
Ed Democracy from the Portland Tenants' Union discussed a proposal before the Portland City Council to charge a licensing fee to landlords, in order to fund apartment inspections throughout the city, at the February 8th West End Neighborhood Association meeting.
Carlton Winslow from the Maine Association of Apartment Owners & Managers expressed opposition to the plan, calling for a mediation board to resolve tenant-landlord disputes. He said he opposed the plan but supported building inspections.
Attendees also received a six-question survey from two groups - Medical Care Development, and Portland's Division of Public Health, to develop a 5 year strategic plan for substance abuse prevention in the community.


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