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MLGW to propose efficiency standards for rental properties

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Some of the city's oldest apartments and rental properties have some of the highest utility bills in the state.  Because of this, MLGW officials are crafting an ordinance asking for minimum energy efficiency standards in local rental properties.

"We think everyone should be in a home that meets energy efficiency standards, and that's what we're trying to do here," MLGW spokesperson Chris Stanley said Monday.
According to the ordinance:

  • each rental unit shall create "an envelope" with no holes in walls, pipes and wires sealed. and insulation in the attic
  • each rental until will have a heating and cooling unit property installed, sealed, and insulated.
  • when there are complaints of worn out or faulty equipment, inspections will be required.

"California has a 300 page manual that rentals have to meet landlords have to meet," Stanley said. "We're looking at minimal standards here."

Local attorney Joe Kirkland's law firm represents about two dozens landlords. He hopes to address the Memphis City Council about the ordinance.

"We're hopeful that they'll be some compromise that we can all live with that'll be for the benefit of the landlords and the tenants," Kirkland said.
Monday, council member Edmund Ford, Jr. said he was ready to listen to all sides before considering the bill.

"Fortunately the council does have five weeks to look at this ordinance, and I do, I want any person or group owns property to express themselves to the council," Ford said.

Council members will begin taking up the issue next month.

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