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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 4, 2008

Rental Registration and Inspection Program starts

All owners of rental dwellings located in Kansas City, Mo., now must register their properties with the City's Neighborhood and Community Services Department. This registration is the result of the passage of ordinance No. 071046 in October 2007.

"By more actively monitoring rental properties through the Rental Registration and Inspection Program, we will not only serve renters better but we also will help improve the condition of all neighborhoods, which benefits all residents," said Daniel Schmelzinger, manager of the Neighborhood Preservation Division.

Registration may be done anytime during the month of January without incurring a registration fee. However, failure to register a rental dwelling before Feb. 1 will result in the issuance of an administrative citation fine of $50. For each month (or portion thereof) that a rental dwelling is not registered, an additional $50 fee will be assessed. For example, a rental property not registered until August will be assessed a fine of $350. Registration is required on a calendar-year basis and will expire each Dec. 31.

Online registration is available at http://www.kcmo.org/neigh. Applications also will be available on this site that can be downloaded and submitted by mail or in person. Copies of the application are available at the Neighborhood Preservation Division office at 4900 Swope Parkway and at City Hall at 414 E. 12th St. on the fourth floor from the Neighborhood and Community Services Department.

"We anticipate that as many as 5,000 properties will be registered before the end of January for this new program," Schmelzinger said.

For more information about the Rental Registration and Inspection Program, visit http://www.kcmo.org/neigh or call the Neighborhood Preservation Division, (816) 513-9041.

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Teresa L. Clark, public information officer for the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-3247.

    
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