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City looks to clean up property standards

Councilman Larkin says something must be done about declining properties in the city. Councilman Larkin says something must be done about declining properties in the city.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery City Council wants rental properties to be "up to snuff" before owners can let tenants move in. Now a council committee is taking a closer look at the growing problem of rundown rentals in the capital city.

Council members say there are just too many run-down houses across the city with for rent signs in front of them.

The city wants to create standards for property owners and also to make renters responsible.

Starting Tuesday a committee will study the city's options.

City councilman Tracie Larkin, who brought the proposal before the council, said it's a quality of life issue. "We seem to not be having a lot of success and moving aggressively in getting either the tenants or the people who own the properties to do much about maintaining them..." he said.

The city is also concerned about abandoned properties, but right now it can budget just $150,000 for demolition, an amount Larkin says is just not enough.

Now, Mayor Todd Strange is looking at other options like using city inmates to help tear down the houses.

This is a subject WSFA 12 News is planning to profile in our "Taking Back Our Neighborhoods" segment on Wednesday night.

The mayor hopes to reduce the time it takes to force property owners to cut the grass and weeds. Right now it's a 120 day process, but it'll take an act of the legislature to cut it to the 45 days the mayor wants.

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