Prop­erty own­ers should pay up

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “LAFD falls be­hind on big build­ing in­spec­tions,” June 16

Ev­ery year mil­lions of cars in Cal­i­for­nia are in­spected. The rea­son so many cars are able to re­ceive smog checks is sim­ple: the own­ers pay for the in­spec­tions. Why? It is part of the cost of own­ing a car, as dirty air harms us all.

There is no rea­son build­ings should not be in­spected by the Los An­ge­les Fire Depart­ment be­cause of a lack of funds to hire enough in­spec­tors. If you own a build­ing, you have a duty to keep it safe; fires do not re­spect prop­erty lines, and your fail­ure to keep it safe en­dan­gers us all. Cer­tainly if you rent out units in the build­ing, you have a duty to pro­vide ten­ants with a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

All of this re­quires in­spec­tion, and there is no rea­son the gen­eral public should pay for that. Charge prop­erty own­ers for in­spec­tion; it works for autos, and it would work for build­ings.

Pi­eter Vandenberg

El Ca­jon

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