SALISBURY, MA — A Salisbury Beach landlord is appealing a fine of more than $22,000 for failing to comply with the Board of Health’s rental property inspection ordinance.
Salisbury Health Agent Jack Morris said the problem dates back to Feb. 24, 2016, when he learned that Daniel Belfiore, owner of the apartment building at 128 Railroad Ave., hadn’t complied with the Health Department’s regulation requiring inspections of all rental properties in town.
Morris learned of the problem when Belfiore and his son were in court because of similar issues in the building they owned at 126 Railroad Ave.
Fourth Amendment secures property rights of landlords from unlawful searches and occupational licensing regulations in Ohio and nationwide
The Southern District of Ohio today ruled that the City of Portsmouth’s occupational licensing requirements imposed upon landlords – – rental property inspections and licensing fees – – violates the Fourth Amendment to the United State Constitution.
The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law’s victory on behalf of Portsmouth rental property owners Ron Baker, Nancy Ross, Thomas Howard, and Darren Oliver means that indiscriminate and warrantless government inspections of rental properties are unconstitutional nationwide, and that unlawfully-extracted “rental inspection fees” must be returned to the rental property owners who paid them.
A tried and true way of using roadside signs for advertising open houses has run head-on into a U.S. Supreme Court decision, leaving it up to City Council to sort out how it will decide the sticky dilemma of regulating signs posted on city property.
The city’s beautifiation campaign has cracked down for years on snipe signs — the small signs that pop up like mushrooms with ads for everything from “We Buy Homes” to cleaning dryer vents to yard maintenance to buying gold — while giving an exemption on weekends for real estate signs that direct motorists to open houses.
TALLAHASSEE – Voters next year could be asked to expand Florida’s homestead property-tax exemption, under a measure introduced Wednesday in the House that quickly drew objections from local governments.
As a companion to a nearly $300 million tax-cut package, the House Ways & Means Committee voted 13-6 to approve a proposal (PCB WMC 17-04) that would ask voters in November 2018 to expand by $25,000 the non-school homestead exemption.
A con man is exploiting a loophole in public records access to target South Florida real estate lenders and landowners. Based on little more than his charm, a fake driver's license and forged corporate documents altered on a government-run website for $50, he posed as a Boca Raton doctor and walked away with $550,000 from hard-money lenders in Fort Lauderdale.
People involved in the transaction say he spoke at length about his real estate holdings, didn't flinch when questioned, and was so convincing that when a private detective later inquired about the deal, lenders were suspicious of the investigator, not the fraudster.
N.C. lawmakers, in the closing hours of their session this month, passed a bill invalidating a local Charlotte regulation requiring all landlords to register with the city.
The Charlotte ordinance, which took effect in 2013, was meant to help police establish an official database to contact property owners whose tenants break the law. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, who supported the local ordinance, said they sometimes had trouble tracking down absentee landlords.
More than 100 Scranton landlords recently joined a pending class-action lawsuit that challenges the city’s rental registration fees as arbitrary and excessive, and seeks refunds.
The city’s revision of rental registration rules in 2014, imposing fees of $150 per building, $50 per unit and inspections, spurred a lawsuit in 2015 in Lackawanna County Court from landlord Adam Guiffrida.
His lawsuit claims the city set arbitrary, high fees and imposed unwarranted inspections on only those few landlords who complied and registered their properties. Law requires that such fees are only supposed to cover administrative costs and not raise extra cash for city coffers, the suit contends.
BELOIT, WI — A group of landlords, including a woman running for Beloit City Council, has won a civil lawsuit against the city over its rental permit system.
The group claimed the city’s system violated the state-passed legislation from last year.
Rock County Circuit Court Judge Michael Fitzpatrick ruled in favor of the landlords in an initial order given Wednesday. The ruling shows municipalities can only require rental units to be registered for the purpose of having an authorized contact person associated on the rental property’s address.
Jacksonville City Council members want to crack down on crime at rental properties by holding landlords more accountable — and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is collaborating with them on a bill.
Councilman Jim Love is proposing a mandatory countywide rental registry. He said if a complex or single-family home has too many police calls, the owner or manager would have to pay a fee and meet with police to create a remedial action plan, and then follow up quarterly to see if it’s working.