Landlords vs renters issues heat up Logan mayoral race

Removal of parking stripes and other landlord-renter issues were controversial during Logan’s municipal elections five years ago. Mayor Randy Watts won a second term but he was opposed by many landlords who are against the new Landlord License Law.

Now Watts is seeking a third term and he is being challenged by James Olson and Craig Petersen. <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_08_07_328_13237_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>On KVNU’s Crosstalk Show Wednesday</a>, Watts said he still supports the landlord license but feels even more emphasis should be put on safety.

“The business licenses go through and they make sure that ADA and egress meet the fire situations,” Watts said. “But in these apartments at least they have minimal. They have the carbon monoxide detectors, they have railings to the basement, the electrical panels are sound and no fault breakers are put in for some of those.

“That’s what I would like to see in the future so that we protect the students or individuals that are not aware of those of being in danger.”

Olson said he feels the landlord licensing classes are great but he does not believe it was necessary to hire an outside organization to be in charge and that the Landlord Association makes good money on providing classes.

“Let me just say that the courses were fantastic,” Olson said. “If I’m a landlord, I’m going to come out of there smarter. However, it frustrates me that we have this group that I’d say has been manipulating cities around Utah.

“They provide a good class, however, try to get them to come back when you have six people that want to get new licenses. They aren’t coming back.”

Olson said he thinks landlord issues could have been worked out between local entities.

Petersen said comments he often gets, whether it’s landlords or other business people, is that Logan officials treat them like a “necessary evil.”

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