New website aims to put pressure on problem landlords

OMAHA, NE (Omaha World-Herald News Service) – A new website aims to shine a spotlight on problem properties across Omaha and prod state and local officials to move faster to create a rental inspection program.

At a news conference Tuesday, advocacy groups including Omaha Together One Community, Family Housing Advisory Services and Restoring Dignity unveiled the website The title is a play on the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s “We Don’t Coast” slogan.

The site features photos and videos submitted by renters or taken by housing advocates showing dilapidated conditions inside and outside rental units — an overflowing dumpster, cracks in walls and windows, dead mice, mold creeping up walls, rusted shelving and cockroaches.