As pointed out by Councilwoman Barnes: A Federal district court ruled that the city of Portsmouth, Ohio's rental property ordinance violated the landlords’ Fourth Amendment rights because it provided for inspectors to go into a person’s house without a warrant. The city attorney acknowledged that he was unaware of this ruling. I'm glad that Tina did her homework; too bad the city attorney didn't. It blows my mind that Councilmen Vaughn, Little, Ledbetter and Barnes voted to adopt, in spite of just being informed that the Ordinance would not survive a legal challenge. Here's the court's ruling, if you care to read it:
Not a lawyer but in reading the decision in the Portsmouth case the city provide no provision for a warrant to be acquired to inspect a rental property if the landlord denied access. Making it an unlawful search.
In the provision passed by the council there is a provision to acquire a warrant for an inspection of a property that a landlord will not allow access to.