Last night, Cleveland City Council voted to suspend the rules, bypassing the opportunity for additional public comment, and passed Ordinance 747-2019 (lead safe ordinance). The Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS® (ACAR) is disappointed that Cleveland City Council members opted to stifle the voice of rental property owners and tenants on this vitally important issue.
Last month, ACAR commissioned an economic impact analysis of Ordinance 747-2019, and we planned to share the results with Cleveland City Council prior to the third reading of the ordinance. Had the rules not been suspended, the third reading would have taken place on August 21, 2019. We find it alarming that several members of Council chose to disregard our request to present the analysis findings prior to the third reading.
We agree; it is important that rental properties are safe and appropriately maintained. We agree it is imperative that lead contamination is addressed. However, it is unfortunate that Council rushed to pass an ordinance, disregarding their due diligence and without knowing the potential economic impact on those involved – tenants, property owners, and the City.
ACAR remains committed to ensuring that the greater Cleveland and Akron areas are a #HomeForAll, and we look forward to working with Council and others as this policy is implemented.