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Maybe instead of sending the landlords threatening letters, they could work with them to come up with a better solution. Let's not forget that the city is the one that won't let them hire their own garbage service.
Fine the landlords. They'll wake up REAL fast.
Don't live in a college neighborhood if you can't handle the students. It was there before you were.
So explain to me how the University should be responsible for cleaning up this mess. Yes, the people in those rentals are U of M students, but this is on the landlords and the individual students/adults who left the mess. The neighbors need to quit whining that the U of M is the root of all evil in Dinkytown.
You can hire your own garbage service in Minneapolis...and many do when they have a huge amount of trash....in fact private hauler charge more than the city...but yo are welcome to hire them.
Here is a solution: any rental property owners need to submit a copy of the lease to the city, and the check or cash that goes with the rent. hence, the city owns the rental deposits during a rental agreement period. When the renter moves out and the trash is piled up, the landlord will not get back the deposit until the city (or renters)clean up the mess, and the city has approved. The city then presumably gets a cut of the deposit check (if they need to clean up the mess), but the accountability shifts to applicable parties responsible - the landlord and the tennant- and NOT the city or the University.
This of course is added overhead and administration for the city, but at least thre's a shot at getting some money out of it. The key is to make the rental agreement a legal 3-way bind with the city as well, clearly pointing out the if renters leave a property unkempt, such as what this article is describing, the city reserves the right to legally withhold the renters deposit. The deposit would be handed over to the landlord once the city has inspected the property and approves (outside only).
The database, forms, integration for this is blantatnly easy, and the department would probably be less than 10 headcount, maybe a couple city trucks and some mobile equipment - not a huge tax burden for anyone. Maybe the U would subsidize a portion of the service since the city is largely picking up after college renters.
It's astounding how much junk people collect. My friends moved out of the upper story of a house and I helped them bring a u-haul full of junk and garbage to the waste disposal place over on University near the U of M. It was a convenient and not very expensive.
From what I've observed, at least half of the "garbage" could be recycled if students took the time to clean it, sort it and deliver it to someplace such as Goodwill. Too many people just throw everything away.
The student renters do not feel any stewardship responsibility for their apartments,houses, or the neighborhood. They throw beer cups on the ground instead of in readily available trash cans. They throw all of their trashed belongings out on the curb when they move & just start over again. It's a noisy, dirty, run down neighborhood. It is not family friendly. I moved.
My son, and 3 others moved in this weekend too, but their landlord had a huge dumpster there for all the tenants to use, I have to say their property/alley was the cleanest I seen around the nieghborhood. Just wanted to say THANKS to Billman Rentals!
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