Belvidere Landlords React to Proposed Registry

- Belvidere- Landlord Tim Hoffman is skeptical of the proposed Belvidere landlord registry. Hoffman says "I got a lot of opinions on it. The proposal is nothing more than government trying to run people's lives.”

Hoffman owns property on Maple Avenue. He says there’s some parts in the proposed ordinance that’s unfair to tenants. Such as crime free housing. Hoffman explains “any violation of a crime, by any member of the household, is caused for the city to require that the tenant evict the family"

Conor Brown of the Belvidere Board of Realtors says a similar registry was brought to council two years ago, but was voted down because of licensing fees. He fears there may be fees on the new proposal. Brown says "Because it specifies that even within the ordinance that all licensing fees need to be paid prior to receiving your registration certificate.”

Belvidere Mayor Mike Chamberlain says of the registry "This does not require a fee to register, it's a benign process, it's meant to be fair to everybody, and to be a step toward a better community."

Brown says he supports a registry, just not the one proposed Monday night. He says he plans on meeting with the Mayor to revise the proposed registry.

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