ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) -With the start of the new year, the city of Albertville now has the authority to fine landlords who haven't registered their rental properties at City Hall.
The year 2009 marks the end of the grace period for landlords to register their rental properties. The deadline of October 31, 2008 was extended after the City Council realized a good number of landlords failed to comply with the ordinance.
"It's not our intent to try to punish people. And if we still have non-compliers, I would imagine if they were trying to make a good-faith effort to get in here and get their properties registered then there still may be some leeway offered," said Councilman Kerry Nesmith.
He said fines can run from a minimum of $1 up to $500 for each unregistered property. "
It's not a lengthy process, there's not that much information requested, and there are people here at City Hall who are willing and able to assist them in filling out the forms," Nesmith said.
Nesmith said the ordinance is designed to be beneficial to both the city and landlords, and that it's all about the betterment of the city.
"They can come to us if they have problems and we can come to them if we have problems, so that we can have a working relationship and the rental properties that we have in our city are kept in a decent standard that people can be proud of," Nesmith said.