Barry Lachman, a Dallas Area Interfaith leader, was involved in the creation of Chapter 27 in 2016. He said that not having enough data for at least five to 10 years can play against good landlords who are following the rules, but ultimately, the most affected by shorter retention periods are tenants.
“I understand that the present status is absolutely key,” he said. “But suppose the city is trying to identify who chronic offenders are and prove their chronicle persistent and they don’t have more than three years’ worth of data. How can they make a case against these owners and see patterns on certain buildings over long periods?”
[Photo Credit: Rebecca Slezak, Dallas Morning News]
Some Say Dallas Landlords Use This City Policy to Game the System, Dallas Morning News [pdf]