Landlords hold out on Boston's apartment-registration mandate

08/27/2013 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Landlords are resisting Boston's new requirement for registering each apartment they own and paying a $25 fee per unit. Officials say the measure is meant to create an apartment registry and allow inspections every five years for overcrowding, fire hazards, mold, infestations and other health and safety violations. Landlords say the fees are too high and the policy too invasive. So far, fewer than 30% of apartments are on the registry.

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