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Letters to the Editor: Hey landlords, have a heart and think of the health and safety of your tenants

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The Opelika City Council voted to table an ordinance that would have created a registry and inspection program for rental properties across the city in order to ensure they were up to local building codes at its Tuesday night meeting.

I have heard some of the owners of rental properties and now I feel I must add my thoughts.

As a former home health/hospice nurse, I have been in some of these properties.

My thoughts are if you are going to rent to people why would you not want safe places for people to live? Why would you want children to live in conditions you would not even want your dog to live in?

I went in a trailer that had a huge hole in the floor right at the entrance; it was covered by an unsecured piece of plywood. My client’s grandson helped me to get over safely. I finished my visit and had to have assistance to get out. Later on another visit, after the grandfather had died, the area was so tight we had to carry him out in our arms and then put him on the funeral home gurney. Several people had to help get the gurney safely out over the covered hole.

I have lived overseas in Third World countries and it is reprehensible to imagine that landlords in Lee County treat people this way.

Is it all about money? These places have long been paid for. Not caring for your fellow humans and taking advantage of their situation and perhaps their language difficulty.

This is not new. I saw the same thing happening when we had people flee here from Louisiana after the horror of a hurricane.

This is the Bible Belt and as Christians or pseudo-Christians we should be more caring for those who are in these situations. Providing adequate housing allows them to live safe and honorable lives.

Evelyn Mickle


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