Mayor Walsh said today he wants to waive a city registration fee for apartments in small owner-occupied buildings - and to refund the fees paid by their landlords last year.
On Monday, Walsh will file a request with the City Council to amend a law that now requires all owners of rental units to pay a fee to the city - which pays for inspections of those units.
Under Walsh's proposal, landlords who live in buildings with up to three units would be exempt from the fee. Landlords who live in buildings with up to six units could apply for a waiver if they're over 65 or can prove a hardship that would make paying the fee a problem.
The city estimates the proposal would affect owners of roughly 10,000 of the city's 108,000 legal apartment units.
Standing in front of a condemned building at 50 Evelyn St. in Mattapan, owned by an out-of-state loan company, Walsh vowed the changes would not affect city efforts to ensure tenants have safe apartments to live in.
Bostonâ€™s proactive rental registration and inspection program will help the City correct dangerous housing conditions before tragedies strike and address longstanding health problems associated with non-code compliant housing conditions such as mold and pest infestations.