City aims to hold landlords accountable

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — On Monday, the City-County Council will introduce a proposal to hold landlords responsible if one of their properties falls into disrepair.

Those behind the proposal say this will benefit tenants and entire neighborhoods.

The new proposal would establish a landlord registry with goals to ensure safe, accountable rentals in Indianapolis and remove the graffiti, tall grass and trash seen at some of the city’s properties.

City-County Councilor Jeff Miller (R) is one of the councilors behind the push.

Miller said, right now, landlords in the city are unregulated.

If passed, this proposal would require landlords to go onto a database and give their name and contact information.

The main purpose for that, Miller said, is because many times, if there are problems, it’s hard to find the property owner.

“It’s very hard to track them down, so when issues exist on a property, code violations, like high weeds, graffiti, illegal dumping, those type of things end up negatively impacting the neighborhoods because the landlord is either hiding behind an LLC or just hiding,” Miller said. “And so this makes it much more clear who that owner is and how to find them.”

The councilors behind this say most landlords are accountable, but those who aren’t put their tenants at risk by not maintaining their properties.

The proposal will be introduced to the City-County Council Monday night.

If it’s passed by the council and then Mayor Ballard, landlords will have from July 1, 2014, to Jan 1, 2015, to register with the Department of Code Enforcement.

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