For the better part of a year, be it in the OIB comments section or pitching it during the public speaking portion of City Council meetings, government observer John Marshall Lee has highlighted the urgent need to revive the Fair Rent Commission. It may just happen, albeit now state required for all Connecticut municipalities with populations eclipsing 25,000.
From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
It has been six months since the City Council pushed Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration to revive the long-dormant fair rent commission to address tenant/landlord disputes and try to prevent court-ordered evictions.
And while that has yet to happen, city officials this week said they have been working behind-the-scenes to get the fair rent group up-and-running again, but it became more complicated than envisioned last fall.
“We’re just getting it right,” said Councilman Jorge Cruz.
Thomas Gaudett, a Ganim aide involved in the revival project, said the legal, health and housing code departments have also been participating. He said the focus has been on updating the process for submitting and reviewing complaints, who should serve on the new board, and establishing support staff.
Full story here.