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The city of New Britain, Connecticut unleashed a firestorm of protest from landlords over a new “hot spot” fee — a penalty on landlords when police or firefighters are called to a rental property.

Officials stand to gain over $1 million in revenue from the program, according to a news report.

The current proposal will allow the city to fine landlords where emergency personnel are called to a rental property, if the property is subject to more than the allowable number of calls per year.

That number will be set depending upon the type of dwelling, according to the report. Those who don’t pay fines would be subject to property liens.

The plan is set to go before the full City Council for debate and possible approval. Landlords have vowed to pack the meeting forum to protest the measure.

The proposal has angered local landlords who have tried to explain that they have little control over the number of such service calls to their properties, nor can they quickly or inexpensively evict a problem tenant.  Many have cited delays and a tenant-friendly attitude in the local eviction courts for tying their hands when it comes to dealing with troublemakers.

According to the report, the two “hot spots” for police or fire calls within the city are not rental properties, but a school and a hospital. However, the mayor told reporters that those sites will be given exemptions, as the ordinance will focus solely on landlords.

Some local residents have publicly praised the new proposal,  one suggesting that landlords should routinely check in on tenants every other week.

However, landlords argue that the proposed fee is akin to charging the public for a police call, but because police officers are paid on salary, not commission, a visit to a rental property costs the city no more than if the officers were on a different call — or idle.

Other landlords say this is the last straw.  They plan to sell and invest in properties elsewhere, given the upswing in demand for rental housing nationwide.

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  • Mike Grover

    Hey Guys I read the latest article and I am truely astonished of what these cities are up to just to cover there shortfalls as far as budjets and revenue concerns. It seems they’ll stop at no end in going after landlords because they think we make all the money-it’s so just not true. Not only do we have limited control when it comes to tenant behavior but we also can’t control the friends the tenant allows to visit the properties-like saying for barbeques-they think they can drink and smoke and violate all company protocals concerning the property with complete disregard of our rules. I was in Bloomington Il and the police and all city officials including the courts and attorney’s are tenant friendly actually encouraged partying so the city could continue to write citations for ordiance violations, the city even wrote me up for “Nusiance Abatement” charges they were actually upset that we came in and cleaned the place up after it was all said and done-we surrendered the property back to the old landlord as we could’nt fight them all had no local suppport what so ever-we left Bloomington Illinois as fast as we could get out of there-corupt city officials making me do work orders for the city and not getting paid for them,making me fix issues and citing me for items that werent fixed for years prior to us buying the place and then charging me in court for non-compliance it goes on an on corrupt city officials,police dept,crimes unit, tec… cities will do just about anything they want nowdays especially if they have the support of the court system legal or not-nobody overseeing the judges-I called the judicial review board and the Attorney General in Illinois and nothing was done the cited “Dillions Home Rule” where the cities have jurisdiction crap -ola. As landlords we hired local attorneys and of course they where in bed with the courts,so they said there ws nothing we could do…….Our reccomendation is that you do move from theses type of locations as the cities get stuck in there ways and some refuse to change-STAY OUT OF BLOOMINGTON ILL IS WHAT WE SAY-NEVER GOING BACK THERE EVEN TO VISIT

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