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Lawsuit calls Little Rock rental checks unlawful

Property owner knocks city code

By Chelsea Boozer

This article was published November 24, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.



A lawsuit filed in circuit court is challenging Little Rock's rental inspection code, calling the mandatory inspection of rental units every two years an "unlawful search."



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skeptic1 says... November 24, 2017 at 9:04 a.m.

How did this law get passed in the first place and why has it not been challenged before now? This is the state violating privacy rights in search of evidence to find a crime, that's not how it works. The state can get a lawful warrant based upon evidence that the premises has evidence of a specified crime but not for a fishing expedition. This law needs to be overturned.

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TuckerMax says... November 24, 2017 at 9:36 a.m.

It's an "administrative search" and it does not require probable cause in the criminal sense, just probable cause in the programatic sense, whatever that means. Still, he's right that the tenants already there have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the property; the landlord much less so, but still some. The city has some interest in seeking to assure that rental properties are not unsuitable for human occupancy. If denied access, they should get an administrative warrant for entry. That's what LR's Environmental Court is for, and that's how this case will be resolved.

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Kofcguy says... November 24, 2017 at 9:40 a.m.

Thank God this man is taking up the cause. There seems to be a breakdown of govt respecting the constitutional rights of the people.
Now we need a class action suit against Arkansas DHS (CPS) for the illegal searches done for an 'anonymous' compaint. And the violations of constitutional rights when washington county CPS worker Stephanie Graham told my 14 yr old son he would go to jail if he did not answer her questions. And is there any fallout when the guilty determination by an uneducated CPS worker finally gets overturned? That the investigator fabricated the causes in her report? There is no oversight of CPS. There are no consequenses for them when they fabricate causes and make guilty determinations that tear families apart. NO MORE MONEY FOR DHS, NO MONEY FOR UNNECESSARY FOSTER CARE. Senator Shaefer was right. DHS/CPS is a money making child trafficking scheme where no one wins except glory seeking 'save the world' CPS workers.

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NoUserName says... November 24, 2017 at 10:40 a.m.

In the meantime, there are going to be tenants too afraid to report anything. Then something is going to happen and people are going to blast the city for not having done enough.

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