(KMOV) – Landlords in Collinsville, Illinois are upset over a new law that aims to cut crime.
The goal is crime-free housing, but landlords say the new law, which was approved Monday, puts the burden on them for tenants that break the law.
Sources say this measure is gaining popularity around the country, including several cities in Illinois, forcing landlords to take a police course and take more control over criminal activity.
Landlords say they do not like the idea of being forced to police their own tenants.
Collinsville’s mayor thinks it will work. The law will force landlords to attend seminars with the police on reducing crime and giving them more power to evict criminal tenants.
However, landlords will have to pay a fee to take the course.
City leaders say the program is gaining a proven track record and in January, landlords will have to take part or lose their right to rent.