Charles City group wants renters to give names to landlords

A Charles City group is proposing an ordinance that would require residents of rental properties to disclose their names to landlords.

The Globe Gazette newspaper reports the proposal is an effort to fight illegal drug activity and make Charles City neighborhoods safer.

City Administrator Steve Diers says officials are researching the proposal.

The anti-drug group SoFar proposed the plan. Group member Charley Thomson says the requirement would be part of the group’s effort to reduce drug use and encourage drug users to seek treatment.

Rita Bettis, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, says her group would need to research the proposals but that such ordinances often are “housing discrimination dressed up as a crime-fighting tool.”

Thompson says his group plans a public forum about the proposal.


Information from: Globe Gazette,