Metro councilman responds to backlash towards proposed leasing bill

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Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A local councilman is responding to thousands of negative emails and letters he has received about a change he has proposed for the community he serves.

Councilman DeCosta Hastings told News 2 he wants to turn his north Nashville neighborhood around.

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He said when he goes to bed at night, he wants to feel safe.

“One of the homes behind me, it was shot up 18 times,” DeCosta said.

Hastings introduced Bill 2016-308.

It would put language in leases for affordable housing that hold renters responsible for the action of their guests on the property.

“It basically says that listen, you cannot be a nuisance to your neighbors,” said DeCosta.

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Photo: WKRN

Hastings has received a lot of backlash against the bill. He told News 2 he has received more than 2,200 negative emails and letters.

One reading in part, “No one should be singled out and marginalized because they are in need of affordable housing.”

Hastings responded to News 2, “I live in this community. I hear the gunfire. I hear the calls. I have neighbors knocking on my door.”