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Inspection and certification fees for rental properties in West Lafayette could soon increase.

Posted: Jun 4, 2018 11:40 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Inspection and certification fees for rental properties in West Lafayette could soon increase.

On Monday, the council voted in favor of an ordinance that would do just that.

City leaders said the new fee system would be more equal for landlords and property owners across the board.

The city said the increase will generate revenue to put back into the inspection program, especially with new rentals coming online in the downtown area.

However, landlords and property managers spoke in opposition Monday night.

"It's going to cost me about $50,000 more bucks and you say, 'Pass that on to the customer.' Hey, it's tough to pass about a million dollars worth of property taxes to the customer," said John Basham with Basham Rentals.

"The money is going to go right back into the inspection program, so we can deal with these several thousand properties that need to be inspected," said Mayor John Dennis. "We basically have two people that area doing that and this will help us grow that division, so they can be more effective and get out and get more properties inspected."

The council will take a second vote on the proposal at the July meeting.

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