Are Cleveland’s new trash laws set up to actually keep a lid on the garbage or are they simply a revenue generator set up to target landlords?

The city’s new trash laws require residents to put their cans out no earlier than noon the day before trash day and bring them back in no later than 12 hours after pickup.

Fines can range from a $100 to $500, but in the case of rental properties, it’s the landlords who get the fine, not the people who live in the home.

“The reason they went after us,” Landlord Travis Tomlinson said. “They think we’ll pay and they’re going to have a tougher time getting tenant residents to pay and that’s why they’re targeting us.”

Travis Tomlinson manages 65 properties in the city of Cleveland. He believes targeting landlords is simply a city cash grab.

“We can’t just run around on different trash days and babysit all the tenants and make sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing,” Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson has two citations already. He may have more he doesn’t know about since citations are delivered to tenants.

He also says the city does not provide proof of a violation and there is no due process to fight the ticket.

“We don’t feel it is going to hit it’s aim, which is to curb the behavior of the people who are taking the trash out,” Tomlinson said.

Learn more about the Cleveland Landlord Association HERE

Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News


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