Homeowners seek city’s help with bad landlords, tenants

Kenneth Boudreaux (Photo: Advertiser file photo)

Several Lafayette homeowners asked the Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday for help with landlords and tenants who don’t maintain rental properties in their neighborhoods.

Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux tells The Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1Qa9zUj ) blighted rental properties, absentee landlords and unruly tenants have been a problem for years.

Boudreaux says in some Lafayette neighborhoods as many as 80 percent of the properties are rentals, with some of the owners not living in Louisiana.

Longtime city resident Marie Fontenot says her Summit Drive neighborhood has deteriorated over the past 10 years, with trash and broken glass bottles accumulating on many properties’ front yards and sidewalks.

Boudreaux says the council will attempt to establish a rental property inspection program and hopes to target problematic absentee landlords.

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