Tuscaloosa city council considering legislation to crack down on rowdy house parties

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) –The Tuscaloosa city council is considering an ordinance that would crack down on renters and landlords if house parties get out of hand.

The proposal would fine party hosts in order to make sure tenants abide by the aesthetics of traditional neighborhoods.

Fred Glaze lives just a few blocks away from the University of Alabama campus. He is a realtor who knows all about rental properties. Glaze says anything the City can do to curb issues associated with rowdy house parties is something he supports.

“Well, I think it’s a good idea from the standpoint of the safety of our citizens of our community, whether its condo’s apartments or single homes with families,” Glaze said. “It now has become a problem for safety, and how secure are you, if you live in subdivision A or B because of someone does something next door to you. So that’s a concern that runs up and down every street.”

City Councilman Kip Tyner brought his proposed ordinance before the Tuscaloosa City Council Tuesday night, but the city chose to take no action. Tyner wants renters and landlords held accountable.

An incident that could have influenced the legislation was the shooting death of a man at a house party in Alberta in October. A crowd of 100 people were in attendance at the party.

Mayor Walt Maddox says it’s a step in the right direction.

“Certainly I think this has a lot of merit, but we need to take our time and do it right,” Maddox said. “It’s very important that we look methodically and strategically and will enact something that will actually make a difference. It is one thing if it sounds good, but another thing to make it work, and that’s what I am most interested in.”

The City Council will take a look at this proposal again in January.

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