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While a Duquesne City Council resolution for landlords to register tenants has been on the books since 2000, little has been done to enforce the rule. That’s about to change.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Councilman Aaron Adams said a rental-registry was created 23 years ago and updated in 2019, but there hasn’t been much effort to enforce the regulation.
Council voted 4-0 this week to impose an annual rental registry fee of $60 for rented single-family homes, $100 for duplexes and $150 for larger multi-unit buildings.
The fees were previously set at $35 for single-family homes, $50 for duplexes and $75 for multi-home units.
The city will not attempt to collect nearly a quarter-century of back fees but will be sending out bills going forward, Adams said.
“Other municipalities have these fees,” Adams said. “We’ve missed out on 23 years of revenue.”
Collected fees will be placed in Duquesne’s Capital Projects budget to help fund demolition of vacant properties, he said.
More information about the rental registry will be posted on the city’s website in the future, Adams said.
In a related matter, Adams said the city is pursuing action against property owners who fail to keep grass and weeds properly maintained.
“We will look at the city’s ability to do that work,” he said. The city can cite property owners to fail to do the bare minimum in clearing their land. “We can lien the properties” if need be, he said.
Originally published April 06, 2023.