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Raleigh rental property owners face registration deadline

Posted April 30, 2009

— Thursday is the deadline for residential rental property owners in Raleigh to get registered with the city and pay a fee.

The Rental Registration program will create a database of the location and ownership of the city’s rental properties.

Owners will pay $30 for the first or only rental dwelling. The fee for additional units on the same parcel of land is $10. The city expects to take in as much as $750,000 a year from the rental registration fee.

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Mayor Charles Meeker voted for the new requirement, which he says will help the city be able to promote better management at rental properties.

“In several dozen cases, we’ve had the problem of some incident at the rental property but the owner not hearing about it through the written notice, because the city doesn’t know who the managing agent is or where the owner is,” Meeker said in a February interview. “This is something that really benefits everybody.”

Those who do not register with the city could face fines as high as $2,000 a month. Councilman Philip Isley said the program is, in his opinion, a way to make revenue.

“We have had party ordinances on the books for many, many years. They work. I just don’t feel like this is an industry that needs to be overly regulated,” Isley said in February.

Meeker said it isn’t about revenue. “The registration is a small amount,” he said.

Isley said though the fee goes directly to property owners, in some case, renters could be the ones who pay. Some landlords told WRAL News they agree with passing the cost along to the renters.

“It is a tenant tax that will be passed along to tenants in residential units,” Isley said.

The idea of paying more makes renter Chris Ketchie uneasy.

“I’ve been living here for two years, and my rent hasn’t changed. I mean, I’m a graduate student. I have kind of a limited budget,” Ketchie said.

City leaders said that half of Raleigh’s 385,000 residents are renters.

Applications will be available online and at the City of Raleigh Inspections Department, at One Exchange Plaza on Fayetteville Street. Forms can also be obtained by calling 919-807-5110.


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  • fkhaywood Apr 30, 2009

    Anybody that thinks an additional cost to a lanmdlord will not be passed on the renter is foolish & has his head in the sand.

  • ncwebguy Apr 30, 2009

    The dumb is strong in this thread, as expected.

    Just because some people have accurate contact info on their deed does not mean *everyone* does. Many low-end rental properties list that property's address as the owner's address.

    Why should I have to live next to a mosquito breeding ground because my neighbor can't keep their pool clean? Why should I be subjected to various pests because my neighbor can't properly dispose of trash?

    Renting property is a business. Period. Mine is a few blocks from my house, and the city can keep track of that. Renting a 6 BR house by the room? Slumlords hate this because it holds them accountable.

    Eviction laws are county/state/federal issues -- blaming Meeker is ignorant. See also the WAKE COUNTY convention center.

    $30/year is less than $3/month for those of you who obviously suck at math and play the "hardship" card. Within city limits, you aren't going to find anything for less than $600/month -- $3 is .5%

  • oyid Apr 30, 2009

    Taxation indeed!! Please, that reasoning for this requirement is BULL. To find a property owner or manager, just look up the owner by Registrar of Deeds. Plus that information is online. How does the county know who to send the property tax notice to every September?

  • rockontee Apr 30, 2009

    I fall into the category of 'had to rent because I couldn't sell' category and found myself racing to register this morning. I see the logic in having access to an database of rental owners to keep a handle on some of the neglect that goes on at larger apartment complexes. However, I'm wondering what else the City of Raleigh will determine they can do with this information later on. I have nothing to hide and have great renters, but that doesn't make me feel any better for some reason. I keep thinking this will come back to haunt me later. Perhaps I should just sell...

  • ThisGuy Apr 30, 2009

    This is why I'm glad my gf's rental property is outside city limits. It's close enough that people will rent, but doesn't fall under the city ordinances. Hopefully that will not change anytime soon.

  • rick_slick Apr 30, 2009

    Raleigh - City of Oaks and ever expanding taxation. Oh, and the last Oak got cut down by Meeker for one of his developer buddies to put a grocery store, a Wachovia branch, and a CVS in - we don't have enough of those.

  • jsanders Apr 30, 2009

    Raleigh is just adding to its "rat's nest" in pursuit of filthy lucre during an economic downturn: http://www.johnlocke.org/lockerroom/lockerroom.html?id=16266

    Raleigh's lust for money is insatiable even when residents are suffering; just look at them raising money on water rates to punish people for heeding their warnings to conserve or be hit with a huge fine.

  • Raydianse Apr 30, 2009

    Bob3425 - exactly and if a renter doesn't pay on time you have to wait x amount of days then pay almost $100 to issue an eviction and then wait 10 days then another 10 days almost a month before you can have the right to your property back -- also allowing them plenty of time to get their belongings or they can sue you! But you will have no way to get compensation for your property being destroyed, because you can't squeeze blood out of turnip.

  • Raydianse Apr 30, 2009

    ncsudan - I am curious around where in Raleigh and how many properties do you own?
    Many owners do not cry and whine as you say -- because every time they open their mouth someone else is saying how they are greedy and need to think about the renter --- when in fact by thinking about themselves they are thinking about the renter.
    Socialism -- what's your definition of that?
    this is leading to socialism -- if you do not follow the rules the city says you should then you will no longer have the right to your property. The city of Raleigh already has decided that if you have a 6 bedroom house with 6 bathrooms you can only rent it out to 4 unrelated people - that is limiting property values and rights that an owner has. This is adding to the list of demands and hoops that the city makes one jump through.

  • Raydianse Apr 30, 2009

    The city of Raleigh also recently raised their property taxes on many pieces of land by almost double, so they are bringing in plenty of money. Maybe it is really because of Meeker over spending of the convention building and all his other wasteful spending -- he is trying to bring in any money the way he can. The worst part also is that landlords unless they live in Raleigh are taxed without representation. So the laws that pass negatively against them they have no say in. And soon tenants like those that were given a 30 day notice by the city from the property on Wilmont Street are going to find out that all places have high rents to compensate for the money the city has been forcing the owners to pay.