Draft Housing Study Indicates Upgrade Needed – Bennington Banner

Peter Cross, Jon Hale, Milt Surdam, Mac Lewis, Betty Swartz, and Gordon Black acting on behalf of Applejack Real Estate met with the committee, while Sunjit Chwala submitted written responses. The group appeared to be of two minds on the subject of rental laws. One note suggested the laws are slanted to favor tenants, and that a 14-day notice period for evictions would be helpful. It noted that Texas has a three-day notice law. The notes also said that such laws protecting tenants exist for a reason, as there have been landlords who take advantage of tenants. They echoed the other groups calls for a more vibrant economy, saying whatever is done will not help the housing market if the economy is not improved. That said, they would like to see purchase-rehab loan programs become active again and more flexibility from commercial financiers. Other suggestions included extending tax stabilization to cover improvements to existing housing and for the town to strengthen its code enforcement to address issues with absentee or inattentive landlords.
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