Committee Addresses Superior's Rental Housing Problems

By KBJR News 1

August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - The City of Superior is taking up the issue of rundown and unsafe rental properties in the city.

Mayor Bruce Hagan has created an advisory group to address the issue.

The Rental Property Study Committee has been tasked with identifying and addressing the problems the city faces when it comes to decent rental housing.

The committee's goal is to establish an inspection program for the city.

Superior Building Inspector Dan Curran says there is currently no inspection program for rental properties.

They hope to have a standard in place before the winter months.

Meanwhile, people who have searched for housing in the city say it's a challenge.

"We had rented [an apartment] and we were only there for a couple of months, because right after we moved in we started finding evidence that there were mice in the apartment and found nests in the drop ceiling," said Nicholas Mattson.

Mattson has since found a better place to live, but it is hoped the commission will set standards regulating the condition of the city's rental properties.

"It's an ongoing continuous effort to try and steer it straight," said Curran.

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