ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford landlords should soon have a new tool to help them stay better informed about crime at their properties.
A landlord registry database is under construction. On Wednesday, 23 News got a demonstration of how it works. Starting in a few months, all rental property owners in Rockford will have to go to this site, create an account and provide addresses for all their rental properties. This is part of an ordinance aldermen passed earlier this year. The site will send landlords alerts when police are called to a property...that way they can keep better track of unruly tenants. It should also discourage absentee landlords.
“Say it’s a drug house, and the landlord's not screening their tenants and they just put whoever in there and those people wreak havoc on the neighborhood, and then the landlord doesn't want to do anything about it. This ordinance will force that landlord to do something. That landlord will do something or this ordinance gives the city the power to shut down that building," says Paul Arena, president of the Rockford Apartment Association.
Arena says he's hoping the database will roll out in the fall. When the site launches, landlords will be notified on their water bill. Those who don't register will face fines.