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Some New Britain landlords still not happy after 'compromise' with city

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The city of New Britain and out-o- town landlords may not have reached a compromise on controversial registration fee after all.

The mayor's office put out a news release Wednesday that stated an agreement had been reached, however, on Thursday, a group representing many of the landlords said that was not true.

The recently passed ordinance, which goes into effect on Feb. 1, calls for a $150 fee to be paid on every rental unit if the landlord does not live on-site. A penalty of $250 will be assessed for each day the fee is not paid.

The ordinance helps the city for enforce anti-blight programs among other items.

Late Wednesday Mayor Timothy O'Brien's office said though the landlords had reached an agreement with his office on a compromise, that would essentially cut the fees by at least two thirds.

Now, some of the leadership in a group representing many of the landlords said this was a deal cut with only a few of the more vocal landlords.

"It was completely surprising that a compromise was reached because no one has been negotiating with us," said Bob Decosmo of the Connecticut Property Owners Alliance.

"It is unfortunate that there are some landlords who simply do not want to be held accountable for the condition of their properties, and are spreading misleading and dangerous information," the mayor's office said in a statement Thursday.

From the mayor's camp, the compromise set of fees is what it is rolling with going forward and as far as the landlords go, they may just be waiting for their day in court.

In November, four landlords, along with the Connecticut Property Owners Alliance, filed a lawsuit to stop that fee from taking effect and have even called for the mayor's resignation.

The common council also recently 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.

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