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Pearl Ordinance Could Increase Safety and Rent for Residents

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About a dozen landlords gathered at Pearl City Hall Wednesday to oppose a new city ordinance requiring all rental properties to boost safety for residents. 

The ordinance passed on June 27th, requiring new safety features like sprinkler systems in each rental unit and storm shelters and even a storm alert system for each property.

At the meeting, many property owners said if the ordinance stays in place, rates for renters will increase and some could possibly lose their businesses.

Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers says he's trying to improve safety for residents.

The ordinance will go into affect on August sixth. If changes are made to these new rental requirements, that decision is up to the city board of aldermen.


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