12-32 Home Invasion: The Final Loss of Privacy and Property Rights
People may be familiar with historical examples of governments that forced their way into homes and had their way with whatever they found inside.
Our U.S. Constitution specifically forbade the government from being able to come onto your property without your expressed authorization and permission.
Times have changed.
Under Section 104.3, “Right of Entry,” if you don’t feel like letting a complete stranger into your house to do an inspection that you don’t feel is necessary, that city inspector can apply to an undefined court for an “administrative warrant” that forces entry.
Sounds a lot like the Stamp Act of 1765. Or Germany, 1939.
We fought to have this Section removed when the Council initially brought the Bill up for passage in September.
At that time, it specified the Alderman’s Court. Now, the council changed that to “the Court having jurisdiction” because it might be far easier to win an unconstitutional warrant in a court that shows less regard for your freedom.
The Council has also tried to put us at ease by inserting the empty language of “subject to constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure.”
Unfortunately, how many of us have the time and money to fight this sort of thing in court?
None of us do. And they know it.
In the new version of the Bill, the Council even had the guts to increase penalties from $100 – $500 to $250 – $750.
Who gets hit by those costs if the landlords are charged? The students and our lower income citizens who rent homes.
Who gets hit as a renter? The students and lower income citizens.
Section 104.3, “Right of Entry,” must be REMOVED. Nothing less.
To call and email your Council Member now and demand Section 104.3 be removed in its entirety, CLICK HERE.