Raleigh, NC Rental Owners Now Have To Register With The City

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with RED Properties NC #129285

Beginning March 1, 2009, all rental property owners will be required for rent circa properties leesa finleyto register their rental properties under Article H: of the City of Raleigh Code.  Properties will then need to renew annually during the same time period.  March 1 - April 30.

This rental registration will create a database that will promote responsible management, assist in providing a safe habitat for residents and neighbors of rental dwellings, safeguard property values and expedite repair of residential housing accommodations.  The database may also be used to improve contact in case of emergency by Police, Fire, EMS or Inspections.

The fee for registration is $30.00 for the first unit on the property and then $10 per unit for each additional on the same parcel.  Those who do not register their rental units could face fines up to $2000 PER MONTH. 

An interesting article on WRAL.com illistrates several counterpoints to the program.  Councilman Philip Isley feels the program is a way to generate revenue while Mayor Meeker claims the amount is minimal and isn't about generating revenue.  The City stands to generate as much as $750,000 per year due to the program.

If you are a rental property owner you must register between March 1 - April 30, 2009.  Please visit the City of Raleigh | Rental Dwellling Registration for more information and access to online registration.

 


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Rainmaker
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Janice Roosevelt
Rory Burkhart Team, Keller Williams - West Chester, PA
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Little government is greedy?

Mar 01, 2009 08:27 AM #1
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

This law sounds pretty stupid to me. The government is getting into everything. Maybe with new government leaders the law can be pulled from the books. Vote the bums out. The intent I think may be good but the implementation chosen to do it IMHO seems like big brother to me. Hey Leesa, but we have licenses for dogs too. I wonder how many rental homes will comply?

Mar 01, 2009 08:30 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

janice - ya think?  ;)

Mar 01, 2009 08:41 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

750k not revenue? Send the check to me, I'll be happy to declare it for tax purposes. I sorta like the idea from first glance. Perhaps they shoud charge much more. At some point a fsbo or rent by owner wouldn't pay and would rathe "list" it. What does Leesa think?

Mar 01, 2009 09:29 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

gary - i do agree that the intent is good.  i have seen numerous occassion where a property is for rent and no one knows where the landlord is.  THAT might be a good thing - the database.  But to charge a fee?  what is that all about?  i am appalled that i have to register my dogs - that just irks me beyond belief!  as for who will comply?  I don't many at first until they start enforcing the fines - I can't wait to see the hoopla then!

Mar 01, 2009 09:37 AM #5
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Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
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Leesa well at least this should help to get rid of the slum lords.  Of course the era of big government and big brother is upon us.  I am by no means a conspiracy advocate but,  the evidence is starting to add up.

Mar 01, 2009 09:42 AM #6
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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Leesa - this practice has become the norm in many areas in the last couple years.  And don't let them fool you - it is about generating revenue.

As for city governments claiming they don't know who the property owners are or how to contact them ... that's bunk!  All the cities have to do is cooperate with county government and look it up in the tax records.  But that would take cooperation that transcends government turf, and we all know how guarded each entity can be.

Reminds me of dogs sniffing a tree ... oh never mind. I'm about to go off on a tangent here.  :)

 

Mar 01, 2009 10:09 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
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greg - yeah, $750k NOT revenue then what the hell is it?  the fee (albeit nominal in the eyes of some) will get passed on the the tenants.  I am intested though to see how many actually comply and if the fines will be enforced.

Mar 01, 2009 10:49 AM #8
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WD Epstein

What if they don't register? I think this is another attempt to steal money from the people in around about way. Property taxes aren't enough? Next what else? Slowly the country is being taxed to death. The answer is cutting spending not finding more ways to get more money from people. The city doesn't run efficient at all. Mail from the city still gets sent to my house to the previous owner that hasn't been living here for almost 2 years. Times that by ??? I'm sure that's not the only thing the gov. hasn't been able to fix. Instead of fixing things that aren't working and costing money, lets just get more money from somewhere!!!The system is so broke and we keep paying for it!!!

Mar 01, 2009 11:13 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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larry - unfortunately that is what it is starting to really seem like!

carol - no, you're right.  they have always been able to find me!  ;)  seriously, though, how can they say it ISN'T about generating revenue?

Mar 01, 2009 01:22 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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WD - you are on target.  spending does need to be cut and I could go into a tirade of where I think that should be.  while some may view this as a nominal fee it is an additional fee nonetheless!  thanks for stopping by!

Mar 01, 2009 05:20 PM #11
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Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Leesa - While this is certainly a revenue generating scheme, it may actually make landlords a little more accountable in keeping their properties up to neighborhood standards. We can only hope some good comes from it....right?

Mar 01, 2009 06:23 PM #12
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Teresa Harris
Lake Real Estate, LLC - Denver, NC
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Thanks for the heads-up. I hope they don't do that in Charlotte....my dad will flip.

Mar 02, 2009 07:24 PM #13
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Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Leesa, what a FABULOUS idea! I hadn't even thought of that idea - no brainer! ;-)

Pepper

Mar 02, 2009 08:47 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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craig - that is the flip side - holding the property owners more accoutable!

teresa - watch for the latest in your area - let me know if you hear anything down there!

Mar 03, 2009 06:10 AM #15
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
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teri - interesting - you were most enthusiastic about this from the sample that commented here.  Just shows that we all have opinions!

Mar 04, 2009 06:59 AM #16
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Kity

Everyone complains about how government should not get involved BUT that is until YOU are a neighbor of some person's rude and offensive renter. Believe me, when that happens... you DO want to know who the parties are and what laws are in place to press the necessary charges. If you rent it: you need to be accountable for it.

Oct 28, 2010 09:12 AM #17
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Leesa Finley
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Thanks for stopping by Kity and offering your comment!  There are definitely two sides to this story.

Oct 29, 2010 01:57 PM #18
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