No Bait-and-Switch: Vote No on the Amendments and Pass a REAL Healthy Homes Ordinance 

Urge the Council to Support the Quality of Life of New Orleans Renters 

October 31st, 2022 – The New Orleans City Council’s Councilman-At-Large, JP Morrell, has decided to weaken the proposed Healthy Homes Ordinance by exempting ALL rental properties from regular inspections. Landlord registration with the city is still required for rental properties, but the new amendments introduced will ultimately leave tenants unprotected.

As a member of the Healthy Homes Coalition, we strongly urge you to contact your city council members and tell them to vote NO on the new Healthy Homes Amendments and to prioritize the well-being of renters in our city by passing the original Healthy Homes Ordinance. Our city’s leaders cannot continue to undermine renters’ standard of living at the Regular City Council Meeting on November 3rd, 2022. 

As a reminder, the original ordinance would improve conditions for renters and hold slumlords accountable for maintaining rental property and will serve as a data collection and outreach tool to help the City target where resources are needed the most. 

Call your Councilmember this week, submit a public comment for Regular Agenda Item #17 here, or voice your support in person on November 3rd at 10:00 AM at the City Council Chambers at 1300 Perdido St, New Orleans, LA 70112. 

The full Nov. 3rd meeting agenda can be found here.

 

Sample Comments: 

  • I would encourage the New Orleans City Council to reject the Healthy Homes Amendments and to support the original Healthy Homes Ordinance. Renters deserve a decent standard of living in New Orleans. 
  • Councilman Morrell’s proposed amendments will undermine the original intended impact of the Healthy Homes Ordinance. I ask that the Council not move forward with the ordinance as written by voting ‘NO’ on the amendments. 
  • Passing the Healthy Homes Ordinance with its new amendments will not be a win for renters in New Orleans. We need real protection from slumlords. Let’s pass impactful legislation by removing the proposed amendments.  
  • The new amendments to the Healthy Home Ordinance will leave gaps in renter protections and fail to fully hold bad landlords accountable. The Council is clearly not prioritizing the well-being of our city’s renters if they move forward with the proposed changes. Vote ‘NO’ on the proposed Healthy Home Ordinance amendments. 

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