Note to my readers: The link to the actual CraigsList ad pictured below (left) is no longer functional as the ad has been pulled by its author yet again as of today, 12 Aug.
My last blog entry (click here) was written about this property owner’s attempt to build his no-tell motel at 423
The ad is of a “y’all come” nature and is clearly seeking as many renters as possible to reduce costs. No credit check and no lease are a surefire way to cater to transients of all sorts which puts into question the claim of the property owner about the renters. My sources tell me that, according to the property owner, the present renters claim to be a “protected class” (not further specified) under the Bellingham Municipal Code definition of family (click here to read the definition), more specifically an exception under USC Title 42 (Click here to read the relevant portions, i.e., paragraphs 3602 k and 3602 h). One would assume that those claiming to be "protected class" members would have to produce some official verification of that status. Self-declarations are essentially meaningless and allow any group to make any claim, no matter how patently absurd or self-serving.
One would assume also that the city or the state would have an interest in knowing if a house for recovering alcoholics or the disabled were being properly supervised by an individual or group with some sort of credentials. Certainly the families of such persons have a right to know that their loved ones are receiving proper care in a facility which is safe. Our city government, by way of the City Attorney, should make it clear. What constitutes proof of being part of a “protected class”?