A town nearby recently instituted a mandate for all landlords to perform criminal background checks on all applicants.
Let me start by saying if I owned an apartment or house I needed to rent out, I would do background checks on everyone. It's good business, right?
My problem is that the city has made this a REQUIREMENT. There's a $1,000 fine for not complying. If I own an apartment building and don't feel like doing the background check for whatever reason, that's my business and my risk.
Obviously, they are hoping landlords will refuse to rent apartments to those with criminal records. But isn't that discrimination? What happens to those with a record? They've got to live somewhere, too.
There are so many gray areas here. What happens if you have something on your record, but it was a minor offense or it was many years ago and you've been "clean" since then, or there were extenuating circumstances or you were wrongly accused of something?
I'm waiting for someone to sue over this one. It'll be very interesting.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Seat belt laws irritate me as do car seat regulations. Yes, they save lives. And I wear mine every time I get in the car. When my kids were little we always used the infant car seat or booster seat. Now they always wear their seat belts, too.
These are things I do because they make sense. It angers me that the government TELLS me I have to do them. And every time one of these things passes, we're one step closer to them taking control of other areas.
It's now illegal to sell a used crib because it could be dangerous to infants. I'm all for protecting our children, but is it reasonable for our government to outlaw used cribs? Seriously? Shouldn't parents assess the risk for themselves?
I'm not political. Really. I don't want to debate anyone or start finger pointing at one party over another. I just want to know where this is all going to end?