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Bellingham councilor wants to get tough with landlords

Martens proposes 'aggressive' penalties for failed rental inspections

Bellingham City Council member Kristina Michele Martens talks through a microphone as she holds a paper with the other hand.
Bellingham City Council member Kristina Michele Martens speaks at a student rally in March. Martens presented an ordinance to fellow council members on Oct. 30 that would establish strict penalties for landlords who fail rental inspections. (Trenton Almgren-Davis/Cascadia Daily News)
By Ralph Schwartz Staff Reporter
Given the choice between carrot or stick, tenant advocacy groups and a Bellingham City Council membe

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