- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

PEARL, Miss. (AP) - A group of Pearl apartment owners is fighting the city’s new 23-page rental ordinance.

The law requires owners to install sprinklers in every existing apartment unit and build storm shelters large enough to house all tenants.

The property owners say it’s an attempt to drive out multi-family housing in the city. But city officials say it’s a necessary step to address the problem of slumlords and blighted properties in Pearl.

Though the ordinance was passed in 2013, it was not published until September of this year and will be enforced in January.

Real estate owner Albert Moore tells The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/1wSGQML) the ordinance’s requirements will put him out of business. Moore and several other property owners are appealing the ordinance and what they say are over-the-top requirements for landlords.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com


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