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New Britain landlords upset over new registration fees

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

The New Britain Common Council adopted two ordinances Thursday night that will allow the city to help close $4.1 million budget deficit in front of loud landlords and tenants, who will be affected by the new proposals.

"I'm totally against it," said Dan St. Laurent of New Britain.

The new ordinance, which was passed 11-4, will require landlords to pay a yearly $150 fee per unit in their complex. And if they don't keep their residences blight free, they cannot rent them out.

"We have a team of lawyers," said landlord Tim Cobbol. "Now 300 will be chipping in for a lawsuit. It's a bad day for New Britain."

New Britain Communications Director Phil Sherwood said the fees collected will be used to provide income for the library, police and other town agencies. He added that ordinance is meant to fight blight in the city and "didn't expect it to be embraced."

"Out of 113 units, I have 29 people on payment plans," Cobbol said. "They can't afford another nickel and it'll cost me an awful lot of money."

One Central Connecticut State University student said the new ordinance will force him to move out of the city and commute to school.

"This license is unfairly targeting landlords especially out of town ones," said Bob Stauffer. "It's a bad idea that sends a bad message about investing. Who wants to come to town?"

The common council also passed an ordinance that will charge property owners "hot spot fees" for the properties that generate the highest volume of police and fire calls in the city.

Sherwood said there is a small amount of properties that are responsible for all the calls in the city. He added that the common council had three public hearings on both ordinances.

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