FRUITLAND - The city of Fruitland is considering a fee for all rental units and landlords -- an ordinance that would most likely raise prices for renters.
It would call for an automatic interior inspection of rental homes, to be performed once every two years. It's an effort to keep the city intact and make sure owners keep up with maintenance. We're told property owners would be hit with a $50 fee every year, in addition to $50 per rental unit.
"If it goes up, I think that will be a little ridiculous actually, sophomore at Salisbury University Theo Nolan said.
"Whatever fees they charge, the landlords are naturally going to pass along to the renters themselves. It seems unreasonable at first glance because Fruitland has got some of the highest property tax rates around here," Dustin Chambers of Fruitland, Md. said.
Tuesday evening is the first reading of the ordinance. If it passes, we're told it could generate $65,000 in revenue.