updated 6/7/2006 5:29:07 PM ET 2006-06-07T21:29:07

It's OK to call this law window dressing.

The City Council in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid has passed a law requiring residents to have proper window treatments that also must be hung properly. People are no longer allowed to cover their windows with blankets, garbage bags or insulation.

Violators will receive warnings and could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The law allows 15 days to remove or fix illegal window coverings. Landlords will be responsible for getting tenants to comply.

Councilman John Conway says the law will be complaint-driven so housing inspectors won't become "the fashion police." He proposed the measure after making the rounds with inspectors and hearing from residents.

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