FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2020
Contact: Rebecca Bertram
City of Fayetteville Establishes Registry of Landlords’ Representatives
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—The Fayetteville City Council has passed a new ordinance that requires landlords owning more than two residential rental properties within the city to provide the name and contact information of a designated representative to serve as a point of contact for resident renters and their neighbors. The information will be kept in a new Landlord’s Representative Registry, which will become publicly available on May 1, 2021.
The ordinance was prompted by a desire to ensure that renters, neighbors and City staff will have a means of reaching landlords who may be difficult to contact if there are problems with the leased property. Designated representatives should have the power and responsibility to respond to questions, issues and problems of the tenants, and to be an additional agent to facilitate communication with the landlord. Landlord Representatives must live or work in Washington, Benton, Crawford or Madison County, Arkansas.
Landlords with more than two long-term rental properties in Fayetteville are required to provide their representative’s full name, mailing address, email address and telephone number to the online Landlord’s Representative Registry during an initial registration period between December 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Those who fail to register by the April 30 deadline will be subject to fines. Owners of short-term rentals are not required to register designated representatives at this time. Any change to landlord representatives must be updated on the registry within seven days to ensure information in the Landlord Representative Registry remains up to date.
There is no fee to landlords to register their representatives, or to the public to access and search the registry when it becomes publicly accessible on May 1, 2021. To register, or for additional information, visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov/landlord. For questions about business license requirements for long-term rental properties, visit https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/businesslicense or call 479-575-8352.