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West Frankfort puts new deadline on an old regulation for landlords

City officials in West Frankfort are taking action against landlords who do not comply with a housing code that was put in place two years ago. City officials in West Frankfort are taking action against landlords who do not comply with a housing code that was put in place two years ago.
WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) - City officials in West Frankfort are taking action against landlords who do not comply with a housing code that was put in place two years ago.

On October 9, 2012, the city passed the Non-Owner Housing Ordinance, requiring landlords to register their rental property and schedule an inspection.


There is a $25 property registration fee and a $25 inspection fee that is also required.

The city stated landlords had until October 9, 2013 to be in compliance with the ordinance.

However, a group of landlords filed a federal lawsuit on June 18, 2013, stating it was an invasion of their civil right. 


On July 19, 2013, the lawsuit was amended, removing allegations of Federal violations, which put the lawsuit in the hands of State Court instead of Federal Court.

On October 8, 2013, there was a discussion between the group of landlords, their attorneys and the city. 

The biggest concern was that the current regulation didn't address an appeal process. 

On Dec 23, 2013 West Frankfort amended the ordinance to include an appeal process. 

Since that date, city officials say not much has occurred to move the issue to court or a resolution.

Mayor Tom Jordan says two years is long enough to get ready. 


On January 1, 2015 any landlord in violation will be fined $100 per residential violation. He says this ordinance is needed in order to help the community.

“If the rental property is substandard and has holes in the roof, they don't mow the grass, then it brings down the property value,” Jordan said. “The renter has to have something that they're renting that is adequate and safe."

In the next 45 days, Mayor Jordan says city officials will put together a list of all rental properties in the area.

Landlords that are not in compliance will not be notified, but will receive a citation on January 1, 2015. 

If those properties are still in non-compliance, landlords could be fined up to $100 per day for each violation that remains.

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