Racine, WI, passes residential rental property registration ordinance

Racine, WI: Common Council passed a residential rental property registration ordinance, when approving its 2020 City of Racine Budget.


Owners of a residential rental dwelling unit located in the city must file a registration for each tax-key-numbered parcel classified as residential, including properties classified as a vacant lot; with initial registration due no later than Jun. 1, 2020.


Registration must include current owner information, as well as contact information for parties responsible for the property’s upkeep, and changes to any information for a property must be updated with the City within 30 days of the change occurring.


A registration fee must also be paid at the time of registration; that fee structure is yet to be set by the City.


Violation of any part of the ordinance can be subject to penalties of $100 - $500, plus court costs, for the given violation, with each day a violation occurs or continues constituting a separate offense; as well as any penalties incurred for failure to adhere to upkeep of the property per City Code.




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