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“We expect all contractors to follow their local rules,” said a spokesperson for GAF, the roofing materials company that awarded Perrenoud its “Elite Master Certification,” Sweetened.

serrenoud Roofing has been intentionally skipped On more than a thousand rooftop inspections the city has conducted that its clients have paid for – without telling them. But owner Nathan Perino had two main defenses when he was Sweetened I asked him about it.

First, he said he was doing his clients a favor by not leaving the roof weathered while the city inspector was waiting.

And second: because Spokane didn’t formally set a penalty for refusing a mandatory search request, it wasn’t really against the rules. Sure, there was a fee of $75 for Re-inspections But Perrenoud only paid it when their customers learned that the inspections had not been conducted and asked for it. (Many tenants had no idea the inspections were never completed.)

“What’s wrong with me?” Berno asked.

The city argued that not ordering inspections was a violation of international building code and international housing law.

“However, the challenge has been the lack of a penalty associated with this violation, which does not provide an incentive to comply,” city spokeswoman Kirsten Davis wrote in an email.

That sparked angry rounds of pressure from a frustrated property owner, Daniel Martini – who complained that the city allowed “This contractor is exploiting a loophole in their permit system.” The SweetenedThe company’s report showed that the scope of the problem was even greater than what Martini had seen, and other contractors were also ignoring inspection requirements – if they submitted their permits at all.

And now, the Spokane City Council has officially passed new legislation that fails to require inspections for a second-degree civil offense, giving the rule some teeth. To be clear, these are more baby teeth than a T-Rex: The maximum penalty for a Class 2 offense is $131.

“The maximum fine of $131 will surely make these contractors stingy,” Martini wrote in an email in response to the change. “I would like to see a limit on the number of citations, such as no more than three in a 12-month period, with their license suspended as an effective penalty if they do not comply.”

But the city is also implementing another change that could have an even greater impact: They’ll start notifying the landlord, not just the contractor who requested the permit, that inspections were never completed. This gives owners a chance to at least contact the contractor and ask them why they skipped the required step. The city will also change the language on its website and on permits, to clarify inspection requirements.

The city council passed the proposed measure unanimously last week with limited debate.

“Is there a case where the inspector is not readily available, as this causes a problem as he is not able to perform the inspection on time?” asked Councilman Jonathan Bingle during the meeting.

Council President Brian Bigs said he wasn’t aware of the circumstances in which it might be a problem.

The the mother Reports also indicate that it is unlikely to be a problem. The city usually gives a full year for residents to complete their inspections, and is willing to grant extensions upon request. While roof inspection definitely do not catch All A potential problem, they can still report potential issues that could take 5-10 years to turn into costly disasters.

“thank you and SweetenedMartini wrote in her email:

However, most of the credit goes to the Martini herself. When Sweetened They called the city, they told Sweetened They were already in the process of making changes due to martini complaints.

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