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Council passes mandatory registry for landlords

Alissa Zhu

Springfield News-Leader USA TODAY NETWORK

Owners of single-family rental homes will now be required to register their contact information with the city of Springfield.

City Council passed the ordinance in an 8-1 vote Monday night, with Councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky voting in opposition.

During a previous meeting, members of neighborhood associations and representatives from nonprofits lauded the proposal and called it a good step toward addressing chronic nuisance properties.

Some landlords and Realtors criticized the ordinance language and argued it put an unfair burden on property owners while failing to address tenant behaviors and problem houses that are not rentals.

How do I register?

Landlords will be able to register through the city’s website. The process will be free.

City spokeswoman Cora Scott told the News-Leader the online registry will be available by Jan. 1, and property owners will have up to a full year to get their properties registered.

Landlords will be required to provide their names, phone numbers and personal addresses as well as the addresses of all single-family rental properties they own.

Details provided to the city will be considered public information and will be available to anyone through a Sunshine request, according to the city’s law department.

Chris Straw, the director of Building

See REGISTRY, Page 4A

People who own a single-family home and rent it to others would be asked to provide their names, addresses and phone numbers to the city of Springfield. GETTY IMAGES

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