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March 4, 2014

Three-persons unrelated law is useful

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NORMAN —

My meetings with the ordinance enforcement officer kept him informed of the situation, along with providing him documentation. He repeatedly brought the situation to the attention of the owner, who did little to alleviate the situation.

Once the owner became aware of the “three person” ordinance, he immediately had three of the individuals sign a new lease agreement and destroyed the old one, apparently in an attempt to protect himself.

The occupants, when advised that the volume of cars on the street created a hazard, drove their cars over the curb and across the lawn to park in the back yard.  The occupants and the owner displayed an arrogant attitude in complying with the ordinance.

The ordinance enforcement officer worked diligently to bring the situation into compliance with the ordinance, to no avail.

It was evident legal action would be necessary to correct the situation. The ordinance enforcement officer and I met with the city attorney and presented the evidence I had collected, along with statements from the officer as to the efforts he had made to collect the situation.

The city attorney deemed it sufficient to proceed with legal actions. I agreed to appear as a witness, if needed.

Notices were served to the occupants signing the lease to pay a fine and correct the situation or appear in court. One occupant left town, and two paid a fine and vacated the property. The Norman city ordinance enforcement officer has a complete set of documentation on this event.

The home occupants were not all students — if any were students at all. Some vehicles had a Norman High School sticker in the window. Some had a commercial logo on them. Some had out-of-state license tags. The condition of the property began to deteriorate when viewed from the outside.

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