Boone County Watchdog has published a proposed ordinance addressing registration of landlords of residential rentals in Belvidere.

Landlords and rental properties would be registered annually at $25 per unit under the proposal.

In comparison, DeKalb has a one-time registration of landlords and rental properties with a fee of $3 per unit, and from there it is up to the landlord to keep registration information current.

Illinois cities use Home Rule authority for this. Belvidere automatically gained Home Rule status when its population was certified at more than 25,000 residents according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

According to the draft ordinance, the Census also showed that more than 30% of all residential housing in Belvidere is rental housing, and “City Council further recognizes that rental housing represents a disproportionate share of the residential housing that has fallen into a state of disrepair within the City,” according to the proposal.

For more information about housing in either community, use the U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts.