Gee, aren’t they nice guys at City Hall?
A new Boston ordinance designed to crack down on slumlords required that each and every rental unit in the city be registered by August 1. Guess what? It’s taking more time than people thought for everyone to file.
So the city has extended the deadline till August 31. Landlords who don’t file face possible fines and other actions.
The ordinance applies to every single rental unit in the city. And it costs $25 to register — and it’s going to cost $15 a year to renew.
They say this os about better housing conditions within the city and keeping track of bad landlords — and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But it also looks like a huge money-maker for the city.
The annual fees will mean more than $2 million flowing into city coffers every year, based on our back-of-the-envelope calculations. How much do you want to bet that the annual fee rises in future years? Does the sun rise in the east and set in the west?
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