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City will require landlords to pay a per-unit fee

Published: Wed, May 26, 2010 @ 4:33 p.m.

A rental registration program will improve the quality of life in the city’s neighborhoods by requiring landlords to keep their property in good shape, Mayor Jay Williams said today.

But one property owner is concerned about the program.

The city will mail letters beginning Monday to the owners of about 6,000 rental properties requiring them to pay $20 per unit for an annual rental-property license.

If a property is a multifamily dwelling, landlords would pay $20 for the first unit and $15 for additional units in the structure.

Landlords have till June 30 to register with the city.

“It looks like another tax,” said Michael Anderson of Gander Properties that owns two apartment buildings with 150 total units on Gypsy Lane. “You’re decreasing the incentive for someone to move into the city.”

The mayor acknowledged the program isn’t perfect and that adjustments will probably be made in the future.

While there are many good landlords in the city, Williams said, “There are dozens and dozens of irresponsible landlords who don’t make repair” or “make sure tenants have a nice place to live.”

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1ytownexpat(7 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

USA1 - Your idiocy knows no bounds. Courage and determination don't get people confined to a wheelchair up stairs.

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2Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Disable people still don't expect us to feel sorry for them, USA1. They simply have other needs. Like you need a lobotomy. See? It's that simple.

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3ytownexpat(7 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

I fully understand your position. It's simply dull. Accommodations made to allow people to more fully function despite their disability doesn't have a damn thing to do with whining.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

This tax should be put on all dwellings in the city . Why should any dwelling be exempt ? Next a tax should be put on every person living in the city . Living in Youngstown isn't a right it is a privledge . Oh my and I can count the ways to gain more funds for the city coffers . . ..

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5andersonathan(682 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Of course Jay is attached to a appendage that follows bigger government and the redistribution of wealth.

So since the City wants more money for each rental unit. Then I will simply raise all rents $50.00 and be willing to loose renters who can not afford it. I have never offered handicap accessible rentals and do not plan on it [sorry] Although if you reach me to rent and need that I do know of places. I also do not offer section 8 and never will. Keep screwing with my lively hood and I will start charging utilities. So I guess my business plan of providing nice apartments for a reasonable price, utilities paid. Is a bad one thanks Jay and sorry renters.

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6ytownexpat(7 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

@ andersonathan

Your answer is to mark up the monthly cost of the fee ($1.67) by nearly 3000% and declare that the government is the bad guy?

Self righteousness AND profiteering...it's great!

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Westlake Terrace Appartments were rebuilt with tax monies and then tore down after the tennants destroyed them in a few years . This was mostly free housing that left them plenty of money to buy drugs . When they have to pay rent Mr. Landlord is stealing their drug money . Yep those poor tennants are being victimized !

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