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Campbell weighing fee for rental units

Published: Thu, July 29, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.

By jeanne starmack



The city is considering an annual fee for rental units that could be as much as $100, though some officials aren’t convinced it should be that high.

City council members and Mayor George Krinos discussed the idea at a caucus meeting Wednesday as a way to bring money into the cash-strapped city and to control nuisance properties.

Krinos is proposing the plan, saying landlords would get services for the fee that include a fire inspection, a zoning inspection and a tenant background check through the police department.

The fire inspection and background check would be optional, Krinos said. Zoning inspections are not, he said.

The fee would apply only to active rental units, he said.

Council President William VanSuch said he would not vote for the fee if it were that high.

The $100 fee is mentioned in the city’s’ financial recovery plan, but that could be changed, said Finance Director Sherman Miles. He suggested a $20 fee, like Youngstown’s.

“We could match theirs and bring in $25,000 a year — that’s something,” he said. Councilman Michael Tsikouris said he would want to see the cost justified for the services the city is providing.

“And reward landlords who take care of their properties,” he suggested.

He pointed out that if landlords passed the fee on to their tenants, it would mean only $8.50 a month more in rent.

He said after the meeting, though, that he isn’t necessarily in favor of a $100 fee.

“I’m still open to discussing it,” he said. “I want to listen to Realtors and landlords.”

VanSuch said the fee might mean that landlords wouldn’t do business in Campbell.

“We have an awful lot of empty homes in Campbell,” he said. “We’ll see a lot more empty homes.”

“Would you rather see an empty home or a tenant in there who causes trouble for the city,” Tsikouris said.

Councilman Joe Mazzocca Jr. said he didn’t want to see an additional burden on senior citizens “who never caused a problem in our city.”

City resident Chris Grachanin said she is also in favor of a lower fee.

“Eight dollars is a lot to someone on a fixed income or government assistance,” she said.

In other business, officials talked about the city’s hiring a full-time police officer with money already in the police budget.

A detective retired, and a new officer could be hired for less than what the detective was paid, they said.

Officials said they would wait until they check with a state commission that oversees the city’s finances because it is in fiscal emergency.

The commission has said the city must follow a financial recovery plan, and that plan does not include hiring more employees.


1gleekgal(50 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

100 dollars for the year is so cheap it is ridiculous. It is much needed.Council this needs to be done. Pass it !! These slum lords are affecting our schools also.
It is a snow ball affect that is out of control !!
They are bringing in families that are not adding value to our school system and it is hard for our children to learn and our teachers to teach and for our administrators move forward.

Michael Tsikouris make it happen !! Please !! We need this because these slum lords can go elsewhere and ruin a city !! Michael, we are with you !! An empty house would be the lesser of the two evils !! Trust me !! Get rid of them !!

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2laddjd(15 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Pass this! 100.00 per year will help deter slum lords from renting to just anyone and to keep their properties livable. Council needs to open their eyes to what is happening to that small town. As far as senior citizens go I am sure that would be happy if the property they work so hard to preserve and are proud of would be worth something. Clean it up before it is to late..

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3Iwannamove(61 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

I agree charge them slumlords I feel like I am living in the ghetto any more. I hear gun shots every night I am starting to worry about my childs welfare. We need to clean up this town and show these slumlords that bring in trash we mean business I don't thing $100 is that bad at all compared to I think the $1000 they wanted to try for That is dirt cheap lets take back our town

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4theword(342 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

This extrta fee will cause the renters that have jobs and pay city income tax to move out of the city.

If you are gong to increase their monthly rent then they will go to struthers, boardman, or someplace else to rent and this will cause the city to lose more money. Great plan mayor!!!

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5pshephia(1 comment)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

I am a landlord in the City of Girard and they impose an annual fee of $50 a year. This fee includes an outside inspection annually and an inside inspection if there is a new tennant. At one time the fee was higher but some landlords got together and convinced city council it should be lower. I pay the fee and then it is an expense deduction against rent received on my taxes. Yes, I probably raised the rent a few bucks a month when it started and I honestly didn't lower the rent any when the fee was lowered. This little bit is not going to make "slumlords" go away. It is not even going to have a noticeable affect on the number of rental units. If you want a cleaner city then enact or enforce reasonable zoning laws. Make it possible for good landlords to get rid of bad tenants faster and easier. Most laws protect the tenant and it takes on average 3-4 months of no rent to get rid of a tenant and by then they have torn the property apart. I know of some units that had been stripped of plumbing, pipes and walls. It is not always the landlord that is the slummer.

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6starofesther(168 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

It should include more

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7Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

"“Would you rather see an empty home or a tenant in there who causes trouble for the city,” Tsikouris said."

"“And reward landlords who take care of their properties,” he suggested."

Perfectly said!!! Charge more to get the trash out of Campbell.

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8Billybob21(96 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

$50 sounds good why not meet in the middle and i agree a fire inspection should be mandatory. But i gurantee one thing I know for a fact of at least 3 people including myself that if they raise are rent which people in campbell are already paying more then what some rentals our worth so if the slumlords raise the rent people will move and that is a fact.

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9mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

Get rid of the trash in the city, and yes, that includes the landlords. The fee should be approved.

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