Radnor Township Overstepping It's Bounds Again?
It appears the Director of Community Development, Robert Loeper, Jr. has been busy as of late. All landlords in Radnor Township are required to apply for Rental Housing Licenses every year. This year, though, us landlords received not only the standard application to renew, but three additional Affidavits Mr Loeper says we are required now to sign and return within thirty days. For each tenant we have, we must now sign an Affidavit stating tenants name, address, so on and so forth as well as that we swear to uphold the Radnor Township code regarding the number of tenants residing in each unit (all of which is already in a signed and fully executed lease). Additionally, the tenant is also now supposed to sign a similar Affidavit and even their parents are to sign an Affidavit of their own. I wonder how the 60 plus year olds feel about that?? I only rent to 21 and 22 year olds.
Clearly this has been targeted to those of us who rent to students. I know there is not much sympathy out there in the community for either the students who rent or their landlords, but is this an acceptable means to enforce an ordinance? There was no notice given to me as a landlord and I now have 48 Affadavits to either fill out and sign or have filled out and signed by others for my 16 tenants. There has been no change made to the Rental Housing Ordinance requiring this and there is nothing in the current code requiring this. The cover letter from Mr. Loeper states that the Affidavits must be submitted with the applications and if not, the applications will be returned.
At what point do we say enough to our local government? They already require copies of our leases which must state that tenants have received and will abide by the Rental Housing Ordinance. They have the means of the local court system to enforce the provisions and prosecute the offenders. To my knowledge, this has all been done behind closed doors as is Radnor's usual way, with the aim of intimidating landlords by demanding onerous additional work without any legal justification. I think any of us who do business in Radnor Township should be concerned about the kind of sneaky and invasive means used to control peoples lives and livelihoods.