Rental unit inspections fee cap raising concern

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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