Landlords whose properties are the scenes of frequent police calls could face tougher scrutiny under an ordinance being proposed by Springfield alderman Tim Griffin.
The current city ordinance allows for a nuisance declaration if there have been two police calls in a 60-day period. Griffin’s proposal would alter that to allow the declaration if there have been three calls within any 12-month period.
The ordinance also cleans up some of the offenses to be considered a nuisance.
If the chief of police receives report of a nuisance property under the proposed ordinance, the city’s corporation council could then have the courts put an injunction on the property owner from renting out the property.