A controversial ordinance adopted by the voters of Fremont that bars landlords from renting to illegal immigrants has technically gone into effect even as the city council moves to overturn it.
Fremont City Attorney Paul Payne says a resolution delaying enforcement ran out Friday. Payne says the city has prepared paperwork for landlords even though the future of the ordinance remains in doubt.
Payne expects occupancy permits to be available today. Enforcement of the penalty provisions of the ordinance could begin as early as next Monday. Fremont landlords found renting to anyone without a permit could face fines of $100 per unlicensed adult tenant per day.
Payne says the city council plans to address the issue at tonight’s meeting.
“If you check the agenda, you’re going to see a motion by one of the council persons to suspend implementation of this,” Payne tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KHUB. “There will be a resolution on there calling for a special election to put the amendments to the ordinance back to a public vote.”
The city council had delayed enforcement of the ordinance adopted by public vote. That delay technically ran out late last week.
Connie Green, KHUB, contributed to this article.