Below is the first part of an article by Rob Earnshaw from nwitimes.com. It reads…
HAMMOND | A class action complaint has been filed against the city and Board of Public Works and Safety regarding rental property late fees.
According to the lawsuit, the Board of Works has been operating in a quasi-judicial capacity by conducting rental registration hearings and assessing fines and penalties against landlords and property owners for violations of a city ordinance.
Hammond has an ordinance requiring landlords to pay an $80 rental registration fee for each rental unit to be paid annually by April 15. Those who miss the deadline are brought before the Board of Works for a hearing to determine if they will pay a $500 per unit late fee.
The complaint says those hearings are in direct violation of an Indiana code that affords City Courts exclusive jurisdiction over all city ordinances.