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Fayetteville continues debate on proposed rental law

— “Maybe the first step would be to just find out who are the property owners and just have a simple registration saying ‘yes, I am a landlord … I am the one paying the taxes, taking care of it,’” she said.

“I think the concern was that if we made it voluntary, that people take it just as that,” Olson responded.

“You can still make it a law, but make it a simple law,” Steele said.

The original law included a fee to register starting at $30 for a single unit. That fee has since been nixed from the drafted law following opposition from residents.

Vickers asked how the village planned to pay for the process of registering rentals without the fee.

“We’re not adding any labor do this,” Olson said.

“So that’s your cost analysis,” Vickers said, “that it’s not gonna cost anything?”

Olson responded: “We pay a flat fee for the use of a code enforcement officer and we have a salaried clerk/treasurer. Believe what you want, there’s not an additional cost.”

When Olson asked Vickers to trust him, Vickers said: “I don’t trust politicians.”

“We’re not politicians, we’re elected officials, sir,” Olson said.

Marty Morganstein, a of Spring Street, followed by saying he was in favor of the law. He said he owns his home but has no rental properties.

“I think we need some type of law. It’s a quality of life issue,” he said.

He said the wording of the law might need clearing up but felt that some rental property owners were simply “stirring things up.”

“I don’t think we know how you to do your jobs here, listening to all this stuff,” he said.

The board did not vote on the law that night. Olson said the rental law committee would review the comments and adjust the law before another public hearing is held.

“Because a lot of these are legitimate language changes, but we don’t want to lose the intent of the law,” Olson said.

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