Welcome to the Alliance Property Owners

Updates on Government Overreach

Our Next Official Meeting is March 28th, 2024

We Meet at Don Poncho's at 6pm in the back room.  Everyone is welcome.  
2105 W State St
Alliance, OH 44601

ALSO: Join us at the Alliance City Council Meeting on Monday March 18th at 6pm. 
470 E Market St.
Alliance OH 44601

The next City Council's Planning, Zoning and Housing Committee meeting: 
Not announced yet
504 E Main St.
Alliance OH 44601

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Everyone who signs up will automatically be sent a copy of the letter we sent our tenants along with the petition to stop this ordinance before it passes. (Check your downloads after sign-up)¬† If you are willing, PLEASE sign the petition, ask your tenants to sign the petition & send the signatures back to:¬†[email protected]¬†

Feel free to edit this letter in  any way you want. 
Use it anywhere in the world you have government reaching into your private property rights.   

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Membership Costs

There is no fee to attend your initial meeting.  To become a full member of Alliance Property Owners. Inc., we charge a minimum membership fee of $25 for anyone who owns 2 units or less.  Property ownership is NOT a requirement to join.  We are working on becoming members of OREIA.  This fee covers membership into the state organization as well.  For property owners and housing providers with 3 or more units the annual dues are $10/unit with a maximum of $200/year.

Alliance Ohio Proposes to violate 4th Amendment rights of every tenant, housing provider & homeowner in their city. 

Join our Alliance Property owners group now to help us fight these inspections.  Sign up for Free email updates. 

Alliance, OH is discussing inspecting every rental in the city.  They say they will also inspect owner occupied properties if the owners purchased on a Land Contract.  Members of City Council's Planning, Zoning and Housing Committee said they may charge $100 per unit per year.  A similar ordinance was passed in North Canton, OH with less aggressive fees.  The rents in that city increased by about $100 per unit per month over the following 18 months.

The Chairman of the committee said this is just the 1st step.  He would like to inspect inside of every privately owned home in the city.  Presumably the home owners would also have to pay these annual fees and open their private homes to government inspectors every year.  He also stated that he believed everyone should have insurance so they would make proof of insurance a requirement during the inspections/licensing process.

I, Eric Wohlwend, personally talked to Mayor Andrew Grove.  When I expressed the unconstitutional nature of this law, the mayor, somewhat dismissively, told me that this ordinance would pass.

About 35 housing providers and tenants showed up to protest this new ordinance to the committee meeting on March 13th, 2024.  Chairman Mastroianni started the meeting by announcing that they better do this right because it looks like there will be opposition.  

Tenants and housing providers alike both spoke up in opposition.  We were told to wait until they finished working on the ordinance.  We were also asked to quit sending letters to our tenants informing them of these possible new rules that will definitely cost the residents of our homes more money.

Mayor Andrew Grove & Chairman Phillip Mastroianni. Photo by Benjamin Duer in the Canton Repository March 13th 2024.

Mayor Andrew Grove & Chairman Phillip Mastroianni. Photo by Benjamin Duer in the Canton Repository March 13th 2024.

Our Current Legal Battles to protect your Property Rights

Our members Eric & Lila Wohlwend are currently battling the City of North Canton and are represented by:  
1851 Center for Constitutional Law!

Our 1st win in this case:
OHIO CITIES CANNOT GUT SEARCH WARRANT REQUIREMENT 
CF Homes, LLC vs 
DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT SERVICES FOR CITY OF NORTH CANTON
North Canton’s crusade for warrants to enter homes based solely on lack of consent from homeowners is unconstitutional.

Previous Wins against the Federal Government!

Our own members Eric & Lila Wohlwend sued the CDC and won in Cleveland Federal court.¬† When the CDC tried to Ban Evictions, the Wohlwend's, 1851 Center for Constitutional Law & Pacific Legal Foundation took them to court in¬†Skyworks Ltd., et al.¬†v. Centers for Disease Control¬†to restore property owner's rights for all.¬†¬†‚ÄĒThank you Skyworks,¬†Pacific Legal Foundation¬†&¬†1851 Center for Constitutional Law!

Kent landlords scored a legal victory against the city’s housing inspection program 

¬† ¬† ¬†Overruling the city‚Äôs most recent effort (there have been several) to dismiss the Constellation Ohio case, Judge Becky Doherty on July 12 ruled that Kent‚Äôs inspection policy and practice are ‚Äúunconstitutional and unreasonable,‚ÄĚ the fines used to enforce the code are ‚Äúarbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, and unconstitutional,‚ÄĚ and attaching unpaid fines to the landlords‚Äô real estate taxes is ‚Äúcontrary to state law.‚ÄĚ
     Doherty also said Kent has been unjustly enriching itself by collecting fines and application fees for housing licenses that were not issued, and she ordered Kent to return an undetermined amount of the fines and fees, plus interest, to the plaintiffs.
Excerpt from The Portager by 

Other Wins by 1851 Center
for Constitutional Law

FEDERAL COURT: CITIES’ RENTAL LICENSING AND INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL in Baker v. Portsmouth 
Fourth Amendment secures property rights of landlords from unlawful searches and occupational licensing regulations in Ohio and nationwide

MILFORD AIRBNB BAN UNCONSTITUTIONAL in Pund v. Bedford Ohio cities unlawfully trample property rights when they criminalize vacation rentals.

VICTORY: OHIO CITIES‚Äô ‚ÄúPRE-SALE‚ÄĚ HOME INSPECTIONS AND FEES UNCONSTITUTIONAL¬†Thompson v. Oakwood.
City of Oakwood violated homeowners Fourth Amendment rights through sweeping city-wide  home inspection requirements and must now return inspection fees to all affected homeowners.

State Legislative Updates: 
Ohio HB93 Passes House Floor Vote &
moves to Senate Committee

Lila Testifies to the House Committee in support of HB93 

The bill prevents municipalities from attaching a lien on properties from services that were contracted for and used by tenants.  It prevents property owners to be payers of last resort. It only makes sense to have utility bills paid for by those who use the services. Water, sewer, and trash services should not be treated differently than other utilities.

As a housing provider in this state, when I am hit with unexpected bills or liens on my property for services I didn't contract for or use, it makes it difficult for me to keep my rents reasonable and my deposits low.  These extra charges must be socialized across other properties that are rented by good and paying tenants.

UPDATE: This bill has passed the Ohio House & is now in Committee in the Ohio Senate.  Thanks for your testimony Lila!

There have been many other victories in many other states & countries.  Below we have links to just a few.

Landlord and Tenants Sue Illinois City Challenging Unconstitutional Home Inspections
Josefina Lozano, et al. v. City of Zion, et al.

The Institute for Justice is the national law firm for liberty and the nation’s leading advocate for property rights. IJ has successfully challenged a rental inspection program in Yuma, Arizona, and is currently challenging the rental inspection regimes of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and Seattle, Washington. IJ has spent more than 25 years fighting for the rights of all Americans to be secure in their homes and businesses and safe from abusive government policies. IJ’s victories have saved homes and businesses, including: the home of an Atlantic City widow; 17 homes and businesses in Lakewood, Ohio; and a boxing gym for inner-city youth in National City, California.

 
Tenants Win Battle to Stop Government Abuse:
Yuma Rewrites Rental Inspection Ordinance; Lawsuit Challenging Yuma Warrantless Searches Dismissed
 
Arbitrary Rental Inspections Violate Search and Seizure Protections, Says Iowa Court
BRYAN C. SINGER, et al vs CITY OF ORANGE CITY AND KURT FREDERES

In the guise of protecting public health, many communities require tenants and landlords to submit to regular inspections of rental properties without probable cause. They do so despite objections raised by owners and residents. But now an Iowa court has joined others in ruling that such invasions of privacy and private property are unconstitutional.


 

Join us today to help stop the massive government overreach & over spending which is stifling business growth, decreasing job opportunities and increasing inflation all across the world.


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Join Alliance Property Owners:
Free Mailing List

Stay up-to-date with developments in our fights against government overreach.

Everyone who signs up will automatically be sent a copy of the letter we sent our tenants along with the petition to stop this ordinance before it passes. (Check your downloads after sign-up)¬† If you are willing, PLEASE sign the petition, ask your tenants to sign the petition & send the signatures back to:¬†[email protected]¬†

Feel free to edit this letter in  any way you want. 
Use it anywhere in the world you have government reaching into you private property rights.   

When you sign up, we will email you about our meetings.  Important council and committee meetings.  We will also send important updates on other legislative issues that pertain to housing and property rights.  (This will not be spam email & we don't want to sell you anything.  We just want to keep you informed so you have a better life.)