Iowa landlords wary of local fees

In a meeting with candidates for state offices, landlords in Waterloo, Iowa, cautioned lawmakers from levying hundreds of dollars worth of fees on rental property management companies.

They cited an example of city regulations in nearby Cedar Falls, which require landlords to pay $20 to $30 annually so the city can track rental property, reported the Daily Courier. Those types of fees are excessive, said landlords, because rental property tracking can easily be done by checking records at the local county assessor's office. While city regulators may have had the best intentions in mind when designing the law, local landlords say they can easily result in unintended consequences.

Some of the candidates appeared to agree that the laws could get excessive, and offered to look into the matter at the state level, said the report.

"It's something we can take a look at to make sure there's equity in the community," said State Senator Bill Dotzler.

Others expressed concerns that oppressive taxes or fees could lead to more landlords leaving certain municipalities for others.

That was a concern shared by landlords in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, who vehemently opposed a new city regulation that imposes a number of new registration fees and requirements on them, reported the Pottstown Mercury.