Rental unit inspections fee cap raising concern

This Sept. 13, 2011, photo shows a house for rent and for sale sign in front of a home in Portland, Ore. The number of Americans who bought previously occupied homes rose in August. But sales were driven by an increase in foreclosures, evidence the housing market remains weak. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Sept. 13, 2011, photo shows a house for rent and for sale sign in front of a home in Portland, Ore. The number of Americans who bought previously occupied homes rose in August. But sales were driven by an increase in foreclosures, evidence the housing market remains weak. (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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