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Council to Discuss Revoking 'Three Strikes' Ordinance Tonight

An ordinance designed to revoke the rental licenses of landlords whose tenants engage in repeated "disorderly conduct or other activities that disturb or threaten the neighborhood" is reportedly under attack by the ACLU.

Norristown Municipal Council meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Norristown Municipal Hall, 235 E. Airy Street, and among the topics on tonight's agenda is a discussion of revoking Norristown's "Three Strikes Ordinance."

The ordinance was designed to give the municipality an avenue for dealing with landlords whose tenants are considered repeat offenders by police when it comes to disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and other illegal behavior. The ordinance would require a landlord of a targeted property to develop a plan of action and could eventually result in a hearing at which the revocation of the rental license would be considered.

According to Municipal Manager Dave Forrest, the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter to the municipality arguing the ordinance denied landlords and tenants due process and threatening legal action. Council will discuss the matter at tonight's meeting. [Read more about the ordinance here.]

Also on the agenda are contract awards for zoning permit software, the Norris Hose HVAC Improvement Project and the Arts Streetscape Phase II. Council will also consider zoning appeals, hear an updated Weed & Seed report, and discuss several neighborhood parking matters.

You can download the full agenda for tonight's meeting in our PDF section and check back at 7:30 p.m. for a live stream of the meeting.

Tony Darden October 16, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I hope, that in discussion tongigh that this council will look at this law from a community perspective and not a legal one. Find ways of strenghting it, fixing and or building upon it instead of caving into the landlord interests. Just as Healthcare reform laws were challanged, it's supporters fought back to perserve the law not cave into interest groups.
Heather Lewis April 25, 2013 at 08:34 PM
This is not a special interest group, the Fair Housing Act is a federal law designed to protect our rights to housing. The repercussions of fining the landlord is to evict the tenant and suggesting that it is ok to evict someone because they are in need of police assistance is rediculous. Housing is a civil right and Norristown is full of slum lords that take advantage of the lack of local government!!

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