City lawmakers are moving closer to deciding whether to pass a law that would make tenants responsible for what landlords typically have been required to do as property owners.I guess landlords are barred from collecting security deposits in Kingston. I guess they're also barred from the court system. Having tenants sign leases must also be something that isn't done in Kingston.
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[Kingston Alderman Robert] Senor said the proposal would not take the place of laws requiring landlords to maintain their properties but would give a landlord the ability to put the blame on tenants when they do not take appropriate care of a dwelling.
Listening to this asinine debate, over something as simple as issuing an annual rental permit, is about as mind-numbing as it gets. Kingston lawmakers are a sorry bunch, I'm afraid.