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Bedford approves settlement with AATC over inspection fees

Synopsis

The Bedford City Council has approved a settlement to an ongoing lawsuit filed by the Apartment Association of Tarrant County over the city’s inspection fees and schedule. The proposed lawsuit cuts the fees in half and gives property owners an opportunity to correct problems.


Key takeaways

  • The Bedford City Council has approved a new ordinance and fee structure as part of a settlement to a lawsuit brought by the Apartment Association of Tarrant County in 2016 challenging the city’s adoption of a new rental housing inspection program and fee schedule.
  • The new ordinance cuts current inspection fees in half and provides property owners an opportunity to correct problems and avoid falling into a more expensive inspection classification.
  • The new ordinance also eliminates surprise inspections and ties fee increases for two years to no more than the CPI.

On September 24, the City of Bedford approved a new inspection ordinance and fee structure as part of a settlement with the Apartment Association of Tarrant County that ends more than three years of litigation over the city’s adoption of its original rental housing inspection program and fee schedule.

The new ordinance cuts the current inspection fees in half and provides property owners a 30-day opportunity to cure problems and achieve a higher tier rating if they address all inspection deficiencies. It also eliminates surprise inspections and ties fee increases for two years to no more than the Consumer Price Index.

For more details, see the article in the June/July issue of Viewpoints outlining the proposed settlement terms.

Perry Pillow is the Director of Government Affairs for the Apartment Association of Tarrant County. For more information, contact him at ppillow@aatcnet.org or 817/616-0354.

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