Tempe residents are among 13 members of a
task force studying the negative effects of
rentals on city neighborhoods.
group’s initial meeting Sept. 27, member
Tammy Billington said the emphasis so far,
however, seems to be on areas other than
of rentals are extremely limited south of
Elliot (Road),” said Billington. “The study
leans heavily toward ASU property and the
ASU student problem.”
Billington, who with her husband owns a
number of rental properties in the area,
feels the group can accomplish a great deal
of good citywide.
landlord I know some of the loopholes, and
can help (correct) them,” she said.
said rentals should be considered an asset
to the community, it remains important for
landlords to live up to their obligations to
the neighborhoods in which rentals exist.
want this to be a vigilante type of group,
but I do feel like I’m part of the community
and that landlords should be held
experience with rental properties also will
help guide her involvement, she said.
who better can see how to help than those
who have been involved with it.”
the other South Tempe delegate to the task
force, also noted that the members’ primary
focus thus far has been on “older, less
costly houses that are more likely to be
rentals” than in newer neighborhoods.
discussion at the opening meeting centered
on what are termed ASU “party houses,” he
said, noting however that the problem of
upkeep is an issue even outside the ASU
are not keeping up the landscaping at rental
properties create a problem, no matter where
those properties may be,” he said.
Warner, neighborhood services director for
the city of Tempe, said the task force will
continue to review current practices and
recommend new tools to combat the negative
effects of rentals on neighborhoods.
Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman as saying that
rental housing is a “critical issue for all
Tempe residents” and that the city hopes to
“improve, preserve and protect” Tempe
Also serving on the group are Vice Mayor
Mark Mitchell and Councilmember Ben
Arredondo, who chairs the City Council’s
Neighborhood Quality of Life and Public