Pittsburgh area slumlords arrived en masse at City Hall yesterday in opposition to an 'anti-slumlord' bill proposed by Mayor Luke. The bill would hold the slumlord accountable for his/her noxious tenants by levying fines or criminal penalties. The slumlords plead mercy; they can't be held accountable for the behavioral dispositions of a crack-whore tenant. Hell, look at it as providing a public service. They're like the Housing Authority! Providing half-way housing between jail and rehab. They deserve a break!
Drug dealing is the landlord's problem. So are pugnacious tenants who cage-fight on the front porch, or run impromptu heroin galleries in the kitchen, or let their children vandalize the neighbors' cars. Its the landlord's problem because these are all evictable offenses. In fact, by not doing anything, the landlord is supporting this behavior.
But rather than screen tenants for police records or bad credit, rather than evict the crack-whore for disruptive behavior, rather than confront the nightmare that is their property, they cash that Section 8 rent check and turn a blind eye while their toothless crack-whore tenant gums some hood's dick in the alley behind their building... and hell, your East Liberty slum isn't within earshot of your Squirrel Hill estate, is it Bernard Sobol!
But Section 8 always pays on time.