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(January 15, 2019)

A new Warple is now live to measure public opinion on rental housing inspections and potential changes in city ordinances. 

The Warple, “Landlords and Rentals” is available on Mayor Jean Stothert’s website, at https://mayors-office.cityofomaha.org.  Users respond to five statements:

  • There should be more government oversight and/or regulations for rental properties.
  • Landlords should be required to register with the City.
  • There is enough oversight and regulation, nothing more needs to be done.
  • I support more taxpayer dollars to be spent to fund a significant increase in the number of inspectors to inspect Omaha rental properties. 
  • I think tenants need more education about their rights and responsibilities as a renter.

Warple’s technology allows participants to respond more than once, but only the most recent response is counted toward the current results. Previous submissions are saved to know how opinion may change over time.

In September, the City closed Yale Park Apartments after housing inspectors found more than 2,000 code violations ranging from peeling paint to carbon monoxide and gas leaks.  The tenants have been relocated to new housing.   The owner of Yale Park faces a January 17 deadline to apply for the appropriate permits and then start  repairs once the permits are approved.

The Yale Park inspection and subsequent actions initiated a discussion about rental housing and appropriate government oversight to ensure safe rental housing in Omaha.

Mayor Jean Stothert, the Planning Department and City Council Planning Committee continue to research and discuss a variety of options to provide safe housing and consequences for landlords who do not maintain property as required by city code. "It is our responsibility to assure the health and safety of our citizens. We need to continue the public conversation to develop a practical, long-term plan for the city of Omaha," said Mayor Stothert.

Warple has also been used to solicit public opinion on fireworks sales and use, yard waste collection and Oma-Gro, and recycling. Previous Warples are also on the website at https://mayors-office.cityofomaha.org/warple

Warple Inc. is an Omaha-based technology startup providing live, real-time, always current views of what people think. Warple is also a product, which gives everyone a voice and provides a way to see how their opinion compares to the collective public opinion.

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