How do you successfully fight City Hall Ordinances?

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Real Estate Agent with RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate
SAN FRANCISCO -JUNE 20:  United Airlines employee Vanessa D'Ambrosia participates in a rally outside City Hall June 20, 2002 in San Francisco, California. United Airlines employees and labor leaders from San Francisco and San Mateo counties rallied in support of San Francisco International Airport's modernization in advance of the city budget hearing. The employees are pushing for new runways at the airport to improve flight delays.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

  How do you successfully fight City Hall Ordinances is the question I ask today of all of you?  As realtors and homeowners we get a better overview of towns & cities proposed changes whether it be tax increases, ordinances, zoning, etc. then the typical homeowner.  So when revenues are way down in RI towns and cities, City and Town Councils come up with innovative ways to levy more taxes on the homeowner.  In this case in Pawtucket, RI this ordinance could be the pre-cursor for other towns to follow suit- tax and tax again.

The town council has passed a resolution to tax all rental property a $100 per year per rental unit ( a duplex would be $200/year, and so on) and this will be assessed with penalty fees up to $500.  So not only are we adding to the high property taxes that are levied here (which they are) the legislative body wants to hit the landlords again with another tax that will obviously be passed on to tenants.  Now RI has one of the highest income tax rates of the 50 states so we are talking about more than enough tax here.

I see this following suit in other RI towns if this ordinance goes full tilt ahead and is successful in Pawtucket PLEASE share with me how other towns in other states are handling taxing rental property?  Looking to help the landlords out with other inventive proposals out there...  Let me know How do you successfully fight City Hall Ordinances?

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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
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Here in Florida owners pay a special tax if rentals are less than 7 months (11%). Taxing short term rentals instead of long term works here becuase of our snow bird and vacation residents.

Jul 09, 2010 04:13 AM #1
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Interesting Gary...some thought was given to the effectiveness of the tax too.  thanks so much

Jul 09, 2010 04:37 AM #2
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gloria kalman

All land lords in shamokin, pa 17872 are being hit with a $25.00 registration fee annualy and a $50.00 inspection fee. I am owner financing my 26 properties and my buyers pay all taxes and sewerage and home owners but deed stays in  my name till home o=is paid fpr.  my att. sent city hall a letter that I do not fall under this ordinance but their soliciter printed my name in the paper today and my att. said they can fight this matter but it would be better for me to pay the $25.00 on each home than take them to court.  Do you have any sugestions that I could use with out running up my att, bills any more. I SPENT A FEW HUNDRED DOLLARS TO THIS DATE. Is there a sight I can go on to find some way to fight them without a big expense. The land lords are gathering for a meeting, but I don't feel that I am  LANDLORD.

please help.

Mar 15, 2013 10:45 AM #3
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Ginny Gorman
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Gloria, this is out of my realm of expertise.  I would talk to a member of the city council that will listen to you, meet with them and be persistent.  I find being persistent and making a case is worth it.  Best of luck.

Mar 15, 2013 11:33 AM #4
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