(KMOV) – A local city may have found a real way to deter crime through an ordinance that targets certain renters.
In O’Fallon, Illinois, the police chief says it was simply a case of enough being enough. A tough new law that targets so-called problem rental tenants has already evicted six renters from their homes in the last six months.
O’Fallon is not alone in this. Several other cities in southern Illinois also have this law, including Fairview Heights and Granite City where officials say they’ve had 90 evictions in the past year.
The law trains landlords to background check tenants and allow police to assist landlords in evicting renters who persist in causing trouble.
However, landlords say they aren’t entirely thrilled. In most cities, they’ve balked at the $50 fees per unit they’re being charged every year to carry out the program.
But officials say the law and the fees are not going away. They say with the early success of the ordinance, it will likely soon appear in other cities as well.