FRESNO, Calif. - Wednesday marks a new day for rental property owners in Fresno. Each one is now required to register their property in an online registry. This is step one of the Rental Housing Improvement Act passed last year.
In Fresno there are over 90,000 rental units. Mayor Lee Brand said the online Fresno Rental Housing Registry is a way to reward property owners and identify negligent ones.
Landscaping and patrolling properties are daily practices for Janet Lauer -- something she and her husband have done almost 20 years.
"I get to know all the tenants face to face. I lease them and sign the contract and we go on with our relationship," she said
She's now required to register each of her properties on the city's new Fresno Rental Housing Registry.
"I think it's good in a way to keep what I classify as the true slumlords, who just take the rent and don't do anything, away. I think it's good to keep them regulated," said Lauer.
Exactly why Mayor Brand said a database is necessary. He said it makes sure all properties are accounted for and up to code.
"If you have one multi-family complex not managed properly all the people around that area are going to be adversely effected by higher crime rates and the property values go down. I believe there's a significant number of properties that have issues and that's what we want to identify so everyone who lives in Fresno has a decent living," said Brand.
For a direct link to the registry, click here.