We’re informed that the minimum housing code for Black Mountain is going to provide better protection for renters. I think that means higher rents to cover the landlords’ cost of compliance. Another advantage is that building inspectors will have wider powers:

Under the previous regulations, the town’s building inspector was permitted to inspect rental units only if a complaint was made. Language was added to the code that empowers the inspection department to initiate inspections if the landlord has a history of violations, the department has actual knowledge of unsafe conditions, or violations are visible from outside of the property.

All the big guys are happy with the changes, expressing hope they continue to be interpreted rationally.