Author: Rich Plotner

Rich Plotner is a local landlord and resident of Sanford, ME.

I just received a notice to apply for a license (new city ordinance they slipped through during the summer) to rent the upstairs apartment that I’ve been renting out for years without needing a license. I have to fill out the application and send it with a check for $100 (per rental unit) to the code officer. No applications will be accepted without a payment included. Part of the application includes a non-voluntary – or coerced – inspection of the tenant’s apartment (a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution). If I fill out and send in the…

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