New London Zoning Administrator Paul Hanlon informed the mayor and common council Tuesday in the weekly staff memo, that he was contacted by Jennifer Sunstrom of the Realtors Association of Northeast Wisconsin.
Hanlon noted that the association is not in favor of any landlord registry even if there was no cost involved.
“Their fears are once the registry is created an annual fee for registration may be attached to it to generate revenue and that rental properties may be singled out for code enforcement actions,” said Hanlon in the memo.
Alderman Tom O’Connell raised issue with creating any sort of landlord registry at the last council meeting.
O’Connell also received a call from Sunstrom last Friday.
“I agree,” said O’Connell. “I’m afraid it will lead to more license fees and more inspections some day. This is a concern for private property rights.”
Hanlon provided Sunstrom of the proposed changes to Chapter 15 and Chapter 9 that will be voted on at the May council meeting. Those changes do not include any language regarding registering rental properties.
Hanlon told her that the landlord registry was something that would be proposed later when the comparison of the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code was completed. Sunstrom asked to be informed when the landlord registry is proposed.