Evansville City Council narrowly approved an ordinance one year, which gave police the ability to punish landlords for nuisance tenants.
The Good Neighbor Ordinance is designed to encourage landlords to evict problematic tenants. Landlords in Evansville can be fined if a tenants bad behavior is not corrected in a speedy fashion.
Chris Cooke, Vice President of the United Neighborhoods of Evansville, says Evansville Police has had virtually no problems with the ordinance.
“They do a wonderful job,” Cooke says. “They are the backbone of this program, and it’s been effective because of the commitment of local law enforcement.”
The ordinance was used 70 times in times in the last year. According to city officials, only one landlord has not complied with the new policy. The remaining issue for most landlords, like Monique Taylor at the Carousel Court Apartments are minor nuisance calls.
“The younger people moving out, things like that, Taylor says. “(Also) underage drinking, use of marijuana.”
“The landlords that you saw here today, their the ones that are interested, Cooke says. “But the one’s that live out of the area, and they own property in the area, and they’re just concerned with getting a paycheck, that’s probably still one of the biggest things to overcome.”
Those opposed, say the policy could lead to more homelessness in Evansville. But Cooke thinks it’s up to the residents to determine what is and isn’t working.
“There were so many things included in the original ordinance, you can’t possibly think of everything,” Cooke says. “You got a year of data under your belt now, we can go back and look at that, we can see what’s working.”
As for Monique Taylor, she’s happy that she’s in the loop to keep her tenants up to date.
“As long as we keep the lines of communication open, everybody knows what the other one’s doing, it get’s better people in our house,” Taylor says. “And it keeps the neighborhood safe.”
If you suspect a violation of nuisance behavior by a resident, you are urged to contact Evansville Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit.