- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2015

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Evansville landlords who fail to register their rental properties with the city could face fines under a new mandatory registry program.

Building commissioner Ron Beane told the Evansville Courier & Press (https://bit.ly/1bAZRwR ) that the city wants to create its first comprehensive list of rental properties to ensure that police and code enforcement officials have accurate contact information for all addresses.

Beane said the lack of information can cause problems for local police and officials.

“Say someone breaks into a home and the door is kicked in,” Beane said. “We need the property owner to come secure the property. For the police to send a letter to an LLC in California - are we supposed to leave the door open for two weeks?”

The registry requires owners to provide telephone numbers and mailing and email addresses. Properties owned by corporations must include contact information for the chief executive officer or another responsible official.

The Building Commission will use a database it compiled using tax codes, tenant complaints and information gathered by code enforcement officials to track landlords who fail to register. It plans to update the database as new information comes in.

Landlords must pay $5 per unit to register, up to a maximum of $100.

Violators can face fines of up to $100 for each infraction.

Registrations must be submitted by May 10.

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Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, https://www.courierpress.com


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