Corralling nuisance landlords

 

Members of Take Back Your Neighborhood on Monday night continued their discussion of issues with rental properties.

The group wants the city to issue stickers for rentals: one for a single-family home, two for a duplex and three for a triplex. The stickers would be on the outside of a property. If valid stickers are not visible, rent would be free for the tenant.

TBYN notes that other municipalities in Pennsylvania and elsewhere have similar programs.

Another part of the program would be landlord training and fines for violations, issued by a quality-of-life patrol.

Landlords could not pretend they don’t know English.

“It’s not my job to find a translator,” said TBYN member Robert Rudnitsky, who is leading the effort.

In other news, Northeast Philadelphia Connected will be holding an international culture exchange festival on Saturday, July 24, from noon to 7 p.m. at American Heritage Federal Credit Union, 2060 Red Lion Road. There will be food, drinks, entertainment, shopping and children’s activities.

State Sen. Tina Tartaglione’s office at 1061 Bridge St. is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors must wear masks.

State Rep. Jared Solomon will hold a senior fair on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at St. William hall, 6200 Rising Sun Ave. There will be light refreshments, flu and coronavirus vaccines, disposal of expired medicine, blood pressure screenings and more. Call 215-342-6340. ••