Mayor says landlord registry is needed to protect neighbors

Columbus City Council is scheduled to give final approval next month to a plan creating a landlord registry for rental properties in the city.

Mayor Jim Lienhoop explains the measure is being taken in the name of public safety and being able to ensure that issues are resolved in a timely manner.

The mayor says that in some instances, time is critical.

Lienhoop adds that having contact information can prove invaluable. He adds that the information will be kept away from prying eyes.

The first reading of the ordinance was passed last week over the objections of several area landlords. They expressed concerns about landlord privacy and safety, as well as additional costs that will be passed along to tenants.

City Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The next scheduled meeting is 6 p.m. on February 6th at Columbus City Hall.