Late last week, I spoke on the phone with Mr. Jim Schuster, Director of Viking Union Facilities, who said that these changes have already been made on the VU bulletin boards where ads for rentals whose terms are in not in accord with the BMC have been removed. A sign indicating that such ads will be taken off is also posted as a warning, according to Mr. Schuster.
In addition, a notice regarding ads whose terms violate the code will also be posted on the Viking Union off-campus housing registry website. Ads from landlords which propose rentals violating the code will no longer be accepted. This policy may take a bit longer to put into place as the website is updated by a third party.
This is encouraging news as it sends a message, not only to landlords, but to the students, that an atmosphere of permissiveness which had permeated the illegal rooming house problem is no longer acceptable. I will continue to monitor compliance by the VU.
On the other hand, unfortunately, I have yet to hear from the responsible persons at the offices of the Western Front, the student newspaper, which has also accepted similar rental advertising at least as late as last spring. Recent editions of the newspaper have not included such advertising, however, this is no longer the period in which students are seeking housing, so a dearth of such ads may be a function of the market and not of a policy of the newspaper not to accept them.