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Housing inspections are good for everyone

A tree grows through the second floor wall of 1015 N. Carey Street two years ago.
A tree grows through the second floor wall of 1015 N. Carey Street two years ago. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

In response to the letter from Denise Cellinese (“More housing inspections won’t help,” Jan. 26), I also am first and foremost a citizen of Baltimore in addition to being a landlord not only in Baltimore City but in Hyattsville and New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. I have been fortunate to have good tenants of several years occupancy, and they in no way resist yearly inspections from the local housing authorities.

My tenants realize that the inspections are for their protection and know that I as an honest and caring landlord have that same goal. One only needs to walk around in my neighborhood near the harbor to see the substandard housing and safety issues that abound. I love this city in all its quirkiness and lack of pretension along with the wonderful cultural institutions. However the lack of attention to degradation of property is sorely in evidence. Let’s focus forward toward a better city.

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Barbara Stone, Baltimore

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