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Landlord Groups Plan Dec. 11 Meeting

Landlords and tenants interested in learning what progress the Connecticut Property Owners Alliance (CTPOA) and savenewbritain.com are making are invited to attend a meeting at The Falcon’s Nest, 201 Washington St., second floor at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11.

“We will be updating members about the lawsuit,” said Bob DeCosmo, CTPOA president. “We will go over some upcoming proposals that landlords will be facing at the state capitol in a couple of weeks and talk about a holiday party for our members that we are planning.”

Both English and Polish speaking residents are encouraged to attend.

Presently, these two groups have been supporting landlords in a fight with the City over a $150 fee per unit charge and hot spot fees.

“We also plan to talk about the community building aspects of savenewbritain.com as well and how the community is coming together to talk about the future,” said DeCosmo.

Last month plaintiffs representing New Britain landlords filed suit against the City of New Britain and Mayor Tim E. O’Brien on two counts at the New Britain Superior Court.

The first count questions the $150 fee charged per unit on landlords. The second says the charges are “arbitrary and capricious and are not based upon a rational basis and do not rest upon some ground of difference having a fair and substantial relationship to the object of the legislation.”

The plaintiffs named are The Connecticut Property Owners Alliance Inc. Allen Court Apartments LLC, Farmington Hills 06 LLC, CR Stone Gate Limited Partnership and St. Mary’s Residence of New Britain LLC.

Many landlords have stated that if costs are given to landlords they will be forced to pass them on to tenants.

Over 600 landlords and tenants were at a City Hall Council meeting Nov. 14 to protest the fees. The public was only allowed to speak for one half hour until public session was stopped. It was allowed again after the council meeting was completed, but was not shown to the public on Nutmeg TV.

The CTPOA also claims the $150 fee will lower property values citywide, create property abandonment, blight and foreclosure, discourage future investment into New Britain and cost taxpayers a large sum of money in court and legal fees defending this lawsuit.

The Connecticut Property Owners Alliance is an organization of experienced property managers, realtors and landlords working together to improve the business conditions for rental property owners.

The goal of the Alliance saves its members money on essential real estate services, monitors pending legislation & law changes and offers seminars on more efficient and better ways to manage and maintain rental property.

Savenewbritain.com says its aim is to organize, inform, and revitalize the city of New Britain community through increased readership of savenewbritain.com and advocating for, and providing the foundation and necessary tools for a more involved community. In turn a better, more healthy New Britain.

“Our vision is to be a foundation for a stronger city functionally as well as economically. Creating a higher standard of life for the people by the people. Exercising our rights as citizens to petition our elected officials. Enabling more sound decision making and supporting individuals ready to lead the city.

Our mission is to foster a sense of belonging and pride in the rich culture and heritage which the people of this city can offer to their families, their city, and our country,” says the website.