If the city of Bellingham continues to add more and more levels of bureaucracy, we will end up looking like boarded-up Detroit. Who in his right mind will want to be a landlord here?
I believe this ill-thought-out program that requires landlords to be licensed and tenants to be inspected will drive everyone nuts. It will not help the housing supply and will worsen already sky-high rates. Housing costs are based on supply and demand. Landlords will throw in the towel; housing availability will decrease; rents will go up still further. Even more homeless folks will be on waiting lists.
Meanwhile, as usual, the bureaucrats will be accountable to almost no one. They will justify their jobs with busywork for themselves and us. Picture a circular firing squad.