Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOX) – Landlords of rental properties in Florissant now have a bigger responsibility to keep out problem tenants.

In a meeting that ended after midnight, the city council unanimously passed a bill that calls for the suspension or revocation of the landlord’s license if there are three acts of “unreasonable conduct” by tenants or their guests in a 12-month period.

“This is more of a mandate from our constituents, our citizens who live in this city, to do something about some of the problems,” said Ward 6 Councilman Gerard Henke.

But several landlords expressed their displeasure, including Herbert Baumann.

“Myself and other landlords in the city do a great job in trying to provide good resident screening and good resident checks,” he said, “but the requirements that you’re proposing will make it nearly impossible for us to operate.”

“We have to do something,” argued one longtime resident in support of the bill. “In order to preserve our lives that we have lived for so many years. We love this town. We love this town.”

Resident Kevin Nichols complained about his neighbors, who he said park their car in their front yard.

“The landlords are all great and good, but they don’t live next door to me. I gotta live next door to the houses they rent,” he said.

The council said it will review the ordinance in six months.

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