City gives initial approval to rental property registration

City leaders have given initial approval to a proposal that would require landlords who own rental properties to register with the city.

Columbus City Council on Tuesday voted 6-1 to require rental property owners to pay a one-time fee of $5 per rental property parcel within Columbus. To before effective, the ordinance must be approved a second time, with the final vote expected Feb. 6.

City Councilwoman Laurie Booher cast the lone dissenting vote, saying she feared the legislation would open the door for more fees in the future.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or