A new federal lawsuit has been filed against Highland, California, alleging the city is forcing rental property owners and tenants both to volunteer for searches and inspections – or face penalties. According to the filings from the Pacific Legal Foundation, at issue are the city’s “coercive” tactics in implementing a program for overseeing rental units.

“Instead of simply responding where there have been complaints about code violations, the city adopted the goal of aggressively inspecting all 4,800 rentals within city limits, whether or not there have been complaints,” the organization explained. FULL REPORT