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More housing inspections won't help

Minneapolis landlord Mahmood Khan is being forced out of business by a Minneapolis City Council decision to revoke all of his rental licenses. (Baltimore Sun video)

I just want those at The Sun who are endorsing Bill Henry's apartment inspection bill to know that aside from being a landlady, I am first and foremost a citizen of Baltimore and want to see us approach our problems with wisdom and consideration of unintended consequences. However, as a landlady, I am getting offended by all the landlord dissing (“A step toward safe, affordable housing in Baltimore,” Jan. 22).

Baltimore needs us. And while it has been quite some time since I rented in Baltimore, I have encountered only good landlords — except for one jerk. Maybe this is because I was a good tenant. Now, I am a good landlady and I can tell you I'm pretty sure my tenants will not like having an inspector come in and poke around their apartments.

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If housing is, indeed, in crisis, I believe solutions must be well thought out and not just done for the sake of doing something. I believe this is just another straw on the camel's back.

Denise Cellinese, Baltimore

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