Crown Point extending time for registering rental units
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent January 5, 2013 6:18PM
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:34AM
CROWN POINT — Owners of the city’s residential rental properties will have a little more time to comply with the city’s new rental registration and inspection ordinance before fines start kicking in.
Christopher Meyers, director of planning, said a good number of people showed up at the Crown Point Civic Center Dec. 28, the deadline laid out in the new ordinance. However, since it was the first year and the deadline landed in the holidays officials have decided to extend a short grace period of a week or two for those who have yet to comply.
“We’re approximately a little above 1,500 rental units (registered),” Meyers said.
Based on data from the 2010 U.S. Census and information from the clerk-treasurer’s office which does the city’s utility billing the city has more than 2,000 rental properties. Census data shows there are 2,081 rental units in the city. City water bills show there are 2,500.
“We want to work with our citizens to get their properties registered,” Meyers said.
Action will be pursued against property owners who do not register rental properties. Meyers said property owners will be notified they are in violation of the ordinance and those not in compliance will face fines outlined in the ordinance.
Among potential fines that may be assessed against property owners who fail to comply is up to $500 for failure to maintain a rental certificate for first time offenders and up to $1,000 for repeat offenders, according to the ordinance.
Property owners who fail to timely sign or submit a complete registration application, any tenant information or an inspection application will face a fine of up to $100 a day each day the violation exists, according to the ordinance.
Meyers said officials would like to work with property owners to get them to comply willingly by taking advantage of the grace period. He said officials do plan to pursue fines for those who do not.
A copy of the rental ordinance and the potential fines can be found at the city’s website www.crownpoint.in.gov