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Belvidere continues discussions on possible landlord registration

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Belvidere city leaders are starting up talks to increase communication with landlords. Inspiration behind this move comes from economic recovery.

Belvidere Mayor Mike Chamberlain says the city's starting to see a positive economic turnaround. But, it'll be a slow process and aspects like property values are still suffering. What Chamberlain says will be a helpful factor to spur Belvidere's economy is first making sure residents follow the law.

"I'm asking for help to try and bring our community back up." -says Mayor Chamberlain.

The City of Belvidere is beginning discussion to possibly draft an ordinance establishing a registration database for rental property owners. According to the city, rental residences make up 30% of Belvidere's properties and some of that rental housing has fallen into a state of disrepair. Mayor Chamberlain says the first step in fixing that is knowing who to call.

"We don't know how to contact all the landlords in town. This is to build a database so we do know how to do that."

At this week's Committee of the Whole meeting, residents were given the chance to bring up their questions and concerns about implementing a database. Some do not see the need for landlord registration.

"My concern with this ordinance is the reason why? Why do we need to do this? What are we missing? What do we not have in place?" -says resident and rental property tenant Terri Glass.

Residents also used the meeting as an opportunity to bring up other suggestions. One Belvidere landlord says she owns rental property in Wisconsin as well.

"They have a landlord association that polices itself and I think that would be a great idea for Boone County." -she says.

Which Mayor Chamberlain says he would fully support.

"I would love to see a landlords association do this work for us."

This is all still being discussed. The mayor has urged landlords to look into creating their own association to hold other rental property owners and tenants accountable for following the law.

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