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Repeal and replace effort underway for SLO's rental housing inspection program

Rentals currently being advertised on Craigslist San Luis Obispo.

At its March 21 meeting, the San Luis Obispo City Council will look at options regarding the Rental Housing Inspection Program. Last week, the council voted to repeal the mandatory program. On Monday the city manager’s office announced a petition to repeal and replace it has qualified for an upcoming election. 

Local lawyers Stewart Jenkins and Dan Knight, along with former City Councilman Dan Carpenter, collected over 7,000 signatures in favor of a new ordinance.

Now the city council has a choice of adopting a replacement program, termed a citizen’s initiative. Alternatively, city officials can ask staff to analyze potential consequences of the citizen’s initiative, or ask voters to cast a ballot for or against the replacement program.

If passed, the citizen's initiative, called the"Nondiscrimintion in Housing" ordinance would replace the current Rental Housing Inspection Program.

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