DOVER, Del.- "For rent" signs and rental properties can often spell danger for communities.
"Typically we see a lot of problems with the rental properties because the people there are not really vested in the community there," said Sgt. Marvin Mailey of the Dover Police Department. "Typically they're there for a shorter term, that's not to say all renters are bad people but that's just what our data indicates."
The safe community ordinance is hoping to weed out the bad apples.
"If we make three arrests over 12 months then that person might be subject to eviction," Mailey said.
Rental property owner Allen Hash said the criminal information could be useful.
"It'd be my belief that there's probably significant other problems going on and that might very well help the landlord," he said.
But not everyone is in favor of the eviction threat.
"I didn't really think it was that bad around here, I mean I'm from here, it's bad everywhere now," Herman Steven said.
But Mailey said neighborhoods could be improved with the ordinance.
"It hurts the community because the neighbors have to put up with the violations, like noise or dugs or physical assaults or things of that nature," Mailey said.
The Dover City Council will have the first reading of the ordinance at its March 25 meeting.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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