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Canton raises landlords' rental fees to $80

    Canton Repository reports: "City officials have promised the additional funding will be used to hire more code enforcement officers to inspect rental properties and to hire other personnel to help prosecute property owners who violate city code, though council members Monday didn’t have a firm grasp on what the staffing breakdown might look like.This summer, tenants, neighbors and landlords attended council meetings to ask city officials for a better system for monitoring Canton’s thousands of rental properties, which they say often are unlivable, either because the maintenance staff won’t make fixes or because previous renters have trashed the homes."
    Sadly, homeless advocates appeared in opposition to the fee increase.  "...
two women, both of whom work with Stark County’s homeless population, told council members they worried about how a fee increase would affect the city’s poor, who depend on partnerships between area agencies and private landlords to find affordable housing."
    Burden shifts to City Administrators to assure that code enforcement works.

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