Rental property owners sue Oshkosh over inspection ordinance

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) – A group rental property owners are filing a lawsuit against the City of Oshkosh following the passage of an ordinance requiring rental inspections.

The city council passed that ordinance last month requiring owners of residential rental property to register with the city. It also requires landlords to pay a fee for each unit they own to help cover the cost for inspections.

The lawsuit against the City of Oshkosh and the Oshkosh Common Council asks the court to invalidate the ordinance, saying it violates state laws and federal constitutional rights, including laws limiting what information a landlord can be required to share and their Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and searches without a warrant.

The Winnebago Apartment Association, Discovery Properties, Midwest Realty Management, Schwab Properties, Ultimate Properties and Donn Lord, an Oshkosh resident, are named as claimants in the lawsuit.