City balks at fee cap for rental unit inspections

Vincennes balks at new law capping fees for rental unit inspections, says it won't cover costs
Posted on Aug. 10, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 10, 2014 at 9:08 a.m.

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — A new Indiana law that restricts the amount communities can charge landlords for inspections is raising concern in some cities.

The law limits the fees to $5 per property, regardless of the number of units it has. That’s far less than many cities have charged.

Vincennes City Council President Duane Chattin tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial (http://bit.ly/1zRrau2 ) the lower fee won’t sustain the program.

Vincennes first passed a rental inspection ordinance in 1992 after a Vincennes University student died in a fire at an off-campus house.

A 2008 update to the ordinance charges apartment complex owners $20 per unit each year. Single-family rental houses or those rented to four or fewer unrelated people are charged $20 a year.

Most properties are inspected every three years.

Information from: Vincennes Sun-Commercial, http://www.vincennes.com

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