Rental unit inspections fee cap raising concern

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
(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.

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