New ordinance will change how door-to-door salesmen work - WKRN News 2

New ordinance will change how door-to-door salesmen work

Posted: Updated: March 5, 2013 8:42 PM

Are you tired of dealing with aggressive door-to-door salesmen?

A Metro councilman introduced an ordinance that passed during Tuesday night's council meeting that will require door-to-door salesmen to pass a national background check and wear identification badges, as well as allow homeowners to put their resident on a "Do Not Knock" list.

"Similar to a ‘No Call' list, there will be a ‘No Knock' list," explained Metro Councilman Darren Jernigan.

Jernigan told Nashville's News 2 he co-introduced the ordinance after he continued to hear stories of how some door-to-door salesmen were using aggressive sales technique, including visiting neighborhoods late at night and preventing homeowners from closing their door.

"They just got to be very, very aggressive," he said.

Nashville's News 2 spoke with Steve Burns who owns Titan Restoration.

"We do roofs, siding, gutters windows, doors," he said, adding, "We do all kinds of home improvement."

Burns said 80 to 90% of his business is generated by door-to-door sales, however he is in favor of Metro's new ordinance.  

"I think it will benefit the local contractors that are upstanding and [going to] do the right thing. It is going to benefit those contractors," he said.

The Metro ordinance will not apply to politicians who go door-to-door or charitable and religious organizations.

The ordinance was up for it's final vote at Tuesday night's Metro council meeting and passed.

Councilman Claiborne said the county clerk will put in place a mechanism to make it effective and there is still some equipment they are waiting on.

He added that they still need to determine the cost of permits, put legislation in place and get everything up and running.

Residents are expected to be able to put their name on the ‘No Knock' list by late April.

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