Landlord groups protesting Columbus plan for registry

Landlords in Columbus are protesting a proposed city ordinance requiring a registry of landlords and local contacts for their properties. The landlords say the proposal is invasive and unworkable.

Members of the the Crossroads Association of Realtors sent a letter to the City Council asking that body to reconsider the proposal saying that a requirement that there be a local point of contact could dissuade some property owners from having rental properties in the community.

Also the Association said it was concerned about a proposal that would fine rental property owners up to $850 annually for failing to register.

The City Council is scheduled to hear the proposal at its meeting at 6 p.m. tomorrow night in the Council Chambers at City Hall.