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Raleigh property owners must register rentals

Posted February 27, 2009

— People who own residential rental property in Raleigh have from March 1 until April 30 to register their property under a city ordinance adopted last year.

Owners also must pay at least a $30 registration fee.

Registration must be renewed annually.

The City Council passed the ordinance in July to help ensure safety for renters and to hold property owners accountable for providing safe habitats and expediting housing repairs.

Property owners can go to the city of Raleigh Web site, beginning March 1, to register, download an application or find out more information about registering.

Applications are also available at the City of Raleigh Inspections Department, 1 Exchange Plaza, Fayetteville Street, or by calling 919-807-5110.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 3, 2009

    TruthBKnown Returns said, "Besides, if I was renting a room out of my house, I wouldn't report jack squat! Nor would I register with the city."

    That's tax fraud and failing to register will be another, separate crime. So, you're breaking the law and subject to jail and fines...like speeding or illegally immigrating. You're right, though, about the the city and income taxes, though. :-)

  • bluewind Feb 27, 2009

    This really burns me...I'm a landlord, and I treat my tenants like gold!!! Which is what they are. If you have a tenant who pays their rent on time and treats your house decently, as a landlord you are obligated to fix things on time, and be fair about the rent. But I don't need the government to tell me how to run my rental business, and collect more revenue off of my efforts.

  • tracyallen Feb 27, 2009

    Soooooooo.....Meeker is just taking advantage of what he can to generate some revenue. The people on the "city" side of the line will be hit with this fee while the neighbors across the street on the "other" side of the city line will be renting without the Meeker renter protective services?

    If I were you landlords in town - I'd raise all holy sands about this obvious, contrived fake fee.

    The only reason they are collecting $30 is to pay a guy in a little truck $12/hr. to ride from house to house and write up what fines they are levying against the landlords because a broken window isn't fixed, there aren't proper garbage cans, etc. If you think the landlords are only going to be paying the $30.00 registration per year, think again. Fines are soon to follow.

  • Adelinthe Feb 27, 2009

    This is longgg overdue.

    I worked for a property manager long ago who had some prospective tenants apply for an apartment.

    They were very young college girls who had been renting an apartment near the college, and the only running water the place had was a garden hose run through a screen in the bathroom.

    No one should be permitted to rent slum like that to anyone. PERIOD!!!

    God bless.


  • Red Feb 27, 2009

    Problem is the fee is $30 per year, per unit. That's about 23000 units using the $700,000 figure. $30 over 12 months would only be $2.5 in additional rent. But what will likely happen is land lords will raise it more than that and blame the city. All I see here is a bunch of finger pointing.

  • ladyinblue72 Feb 27, 2009

    Rental property is considered a business and should be registered with city. For some rental property rent is being paid by government subsidies (Section 8 and HUD) so who is really paying for the increase-the actual renters or us taxpayers?

  • Rolling Along Feb 27, 2009

    hereandnow99 illegal and enforcement are two different things. When I lived in the city we had a neighbor that had junk cars in his side yard, but the property was owned by a city councilman that rented it too him. So it always looked like a trash dump. But let one of us park a car without a tag for more than 24 hours...LOOK OUT!

  • ifcdirector Feb 27, 2009

    Wow. That's really going to help matters tremendously charging the Landlords $30 a year. I am sure they will dip into their own personal money for that and not pass that on to renters right? What else can the city do people to extract money out of them in the name of what is for their own good? The creativity there is beyond measure.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 27, 2009

    magicbus, you can call the health dept. about 3' grass. It will get mowed to prevent rats. They will send the bill to the homeowner. And unregistered/unlicensed cars are illegal in some cities...Charlotte for one (that law is 15+ years old) and it may be part of Durham's new rules too...not sure.

  • MyNameIsMud Feb 27, 2009

    "If they're really interested in protecting renters, I suggest they investigate Block & Associates Relocation out of Cary. Good luck getting your security deposit back from that bunch."

    That reminds me to thank them for the frat boy renters they brought into the neighborhood. Good job.