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Ordinance that evicts tenants for seeking police aid is putting abused women out on the street

Sep 1, 2013, 08:50 am CDT


I’m sure I will get slammed for making this comment. So I would like to begin by stating that this law sounds a bit over the top. It sounds like it could easily be tweaked to allow for a domestic violence exception.

That said, I am glad that there are laws that deal with neighbors that can’t go a week without calling the police. I have lived in quite a few apartment buildings in my time. There is nothing more irritating than the police showing up several times a week to deal with people that don’t know how to behave. I think that the right to have a quiet home trumps someone else’s right to summon the cops all the time.

By Island Attorney on 2013 09 08, 10:02 pm CDT

You will not have a quiet home as long as people live on top of each other. And it’s unfortunate that people suffer the problems of others who live on the other side of the wall from them, but if it is a domestic disturbance or some sort of serious abuse case then they should feel free to call for help whenever they need it, until the situation can be resolved in a court of law.

By concernedcitizen on 2013 09 12, 12:29 am CDT

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