Many municipalities have a troublesome area, a section where police calls are more of a routine than an exception. As such, Latrobe is taking a page from other Pennsylvania communities that have cracked down on owners of properties where police frequently get called. The so-called “disorderly premises” ordinance under review is intended to give city police the option of filing summary charges against residential property owners in situations where police are called to a property three times within 90 days. Fines could range from $300 to $1,000. More than the occasional nuisance, these are quality-of-life issues that affect neighbors and, left unresolved, bring down property values.
“It’s going to be a feeling-out process when we do this. We’re going to have to have better lines of communication with landlords.”
Latrobe’s police chief
“Every municipality has a building or two that is problematic. We’re looking for something that will address those landlords and those buildings where we’ve had issues, where sometimes there are multiple (police) calls in a day or a week.”
“They’re not around, and they don’t have to deal with the repercussions like the residents of this community. It’s the properties around (a disorderly premises) that suffer when you’re not careful who you rent to or do appropriate background checks.”
Referring to properties owned by absentee landlords.