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Madison landlord fined for violating rental property ordinance

MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A former Ridgeland City Alderman, Mike Crook was fined $600 Tuesday in Madison County Court.

Crook is in a battle over the City of Madison's rental housing ordinance.

Crook was found guilty for violating Madison's rental property ordinance.

He says charging landlords a $10,000 bond to rent in a home in Madison is unconstitutional and is being used to keep renters out.

Crook said he will appeal all the way to the Mississippi Supreme Court, if necessary.

Landlords in Madison have to post bonds or other adequate sureties to be in compliance with Madison's safety codes, according to John Hedglin, the City of Madison 's attorney.

Hedglin said the court's opinion reviewed Crook's arguments, but ruled that the Madison's ordinance was constitutionally sound and in compliance with state law on all his points of objections.

The court according to Hedglin also overruled Crook's arguments that the affidavits pertaining to inspection of the rental property and the requirement that landlords post bonds or other adequate sureties to ensure compliance with the city's safety codes were unconstitutional. 

There are about 385 rental houses that fall under the City of Madison ordinance now.

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