The Boston city council has passed and recently upheld an ordinance that requires rental properties in the city to be inspected every few years whether or not a complaint has been made about the property. This seems to me like a gross invasion of privacy for tenants and an unwarranted increase in the size of the city government. I realize this is city of Boston issue but I have heard that other towns in the state might want to use the new Boston rental inspection ordinance as a blueprint for their own inspection schemes. I wonder if something could or should be done at the state level to make these types of inspections illegal. If I were still renting property in Boston I would not want government inspectors in my house without a reason.