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Nobody Home at St. Paul Mayor Carter’s Rental Property

There goes the neighborhood. The last thing anyone wants on their block is an empty house. In fact, the city of St. Paul  has a what to do about a "Vacant Building" page on its website with instructions for reporting unoccupied or abandoned properties  for inspection. The City monitors vacant buildings to see if they are secured, if they are being rehabilitated, or if they should be torn down. If a building is not secured, the inspector can order the owner to secure it. In addition, if necessary, the City can board-up and secure the building. But what if the rundown property...

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Why aren’t contractors building more starter homes? Excessive fees imposed by state and local politicians

State and local governments have caused the shortage of affordable housing in the Twin Cities. Now, they are looking at policies such as subsidies and rent controls to solve the problem they created. The answer to a problem created by fees and regulations is not more fees and regulations. ...

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