Friday, May 1, 2009
Rental Inspection Fees
Interesting article on the front page of this week's Carbondale Times (print only so you'll have to pick up a copy somewhere in town). It appears the $35 inspection fee passed last year to fund additional inspectors is generating a lot less money than originally projected. Original projections were collections in excess of $300,000 but the actual money collected is running a bit under $200,000, mainly due to delays in collections and uncertainty regarding who owns which property. Apparently, there's been a spate of transfers of rental properties among Carbondale landlords, with the result that the city is uncertain from whom to collect the fees.