Tonight at the rental property inspection committee meeting, Mr. Haesley, the owner of Property Solutions, made these assertions.
(a) His business is located at (insert Floyds Knobs address here).
(b) All the many houses this business owns, from which the business derives income (dare we imagine … makes a profit?) by charging people a fee (that’d be “rent”) to live there, actually are not properties. They are products.
(c) Does a department store have to register each and every one of the products it sells?
I’ll leave it to Bluegill (who filmed the meeting) and others – was local media present? – to provide the in-depth coverage of the evening.
All I can say is this.
(a) Okay. I have an address, too. It isn’t a post office box, either.
(b) The beers I sell aren’t products, mind you. They’re dreams. How can we tax/register/license a dream?
(c) Pick an item in any store. Every step of the way, licensing is involved. Even if it comes from an unregulated Chinese sweat shop, the product is subject to some manner of importation licensing. What of the truck that delivered it? A licensed driver, of course. I’m sure we could follow this further. Why bother?
A product, huh?
Earlier in the session, Councilman John Gonder took a poll of the people in attendance, asking whether they were for or against a simple rental property registration program without registration fees. The vote predictably split along landlord/activist lines. Gonder did not permit stronger views to be enumerated.
Count me among the latter, though. So long as rental property owners insult my intelligence with arguments as weak as Mr. Haesley’s, then I advocate licenses for every rental unit in town.
Am I am extremist? Maybe. All I know is that my business is in fact a business, it is regulated to the hilt by multiple governmental agencies, and I accept regulation as the cost of doing business.
Business is business … right?