Florissant FAQ Sheet
What is the difference between Proposition R and Proposition A?
Proposition R makes changes to the Florissant Rental Licensing Code, which has been in place since 1997. Currently the annual rental license fee is $15 per license. If passed, Proposition R will change the annual fee to $50 PER UNIT on each license. This change applies to all rental properties, whether single family homes or large multi-unit apartment complexes.
Proposition A makes changes to the Florissant Vacant Property Registration Code, which has been in place since 2005. Currently property owners are charged a $200 semiannual fee if a property is vacant for 6 months or longer AND is in violation of the Florissant property maintenance code, unless it meets the exemption requirements listed below. If passed, Proposition A will expand the code to assess a $200 annual fee to a property owner of any residential structure which has been vacant six month or more, regardless of whether or not the property is well maintained.
Your property is exempt from the vacant property registration code if:
- The property is actively listed for sale and has a current municipal housing inspection
- The property has suffered damage caused by fire or extreme weather conditions. This exemption lasts for a period of 90 days, but can be extended if the owner applies for a building permit within the 90 days.
- The property is undergoing rehab or restoration under and approved permit issued by the City of Florissant
- The property is occupied by a member of the military and is deployed for military service
- The property is only occupied on a seasonal basis
What is the date of the vote?
Both Proposition R and Proposition A will be on the April 5, 2016 election ballot in the city of Florissant. Polls are open from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
What is the fiscal impact?
Currently Florissant brings in $22,150 of revenue into their general revenue fund from the rental licensing program. With the passage of Proposition R, the city will bring in roughly $350,000. For large apartment complexes in Florissant this could be a change from a $15 annual fee to over a $20,000 annual fee
In 2015, the City of Florissant collected approximately $20,000 under the vacant property ordinance. Proposition A would roughly collect an additional $35,000 in the city’s general revenue. Proposition A also adds additional fines to address “chronic vacancy” with a few exemptions outlined below. A vacant property that is in violation of the property maintenance code for a period of two years shall be subject to an additional $100 fine. For three years, the additional fine is $200. For four years, the fine is an additional $500.
In total, the city of Florissant will be collecting roughly and additional $363,000 from rental property owners, vacant property owners, and renters.
How does this affect real estate?
Increased fees on rental property negatively affect all property values – even those that are owner occupied. The passage of Proposition R will lower property values as investors pass over the Florissant community due to the excessive fees. Existing rental properties for sale and vacant, bank owned properties would no longer be appealing for investors and would remain vacant for longer periods of time.
Additionally, renters in Florissant will suffer from higher rent prices and less available affordable housing in the community if landlords are forced to adapt to nearly 16 times the current fees.
Doesn’t Florissant already collect landlord contact information?
Yes. Florissant collects this information three times throughout the rental process. All rental property owners already register their properties and pay a $15 annual fee. Then an occupancy inspection must be obtained, which is another $30 fee. After the occupancy inspection is approved, the tenant must apply for an occupancy permit, which has a $40 application fee. To update information on a tenant’s occupancy permit, an additional $30 fee is required. The City of Florissant already receives at least $70 per tenant change over on every apartment rental unit or single family home rental.
The St. Louis Association of REALTORS® sees the dramatic fee increase as a revenue generating scheme for the city of Florissant. The money from the fee increase will go into Florissant’s general revenue fund, without specification for its use. The ability to enforce property code violations, public nuisance complaints, and to have immediate contact information for the responsible landlord is not improved by a rental licensing fee increase.
What is the St. Louis Association of REALTORS® doing to stop these Propositions in Florissant?
The St. Louis Association of REALTORS® is focusing its efforts on a targeted campaign to oppose Proposition R in the city of Florissant. With the resources of the campaign services department at the National Association of REALTORS®, the St. Louis Association of REALTORS® Government Affairs team is coordinating a series of mailers, phone calls, and online ads to inform likely voters in Florissant to vote no on Proposition R.
Want to get involved in the campaign against Proposition R? Email Martina Johnson (email@example.com) to sign up as a volunteer.
How will the ballot language read for Proposition R?
“Shall the City of Florissant, Missouri increase the fee for the residential rental license to $50 per rental unit?”
Yes ( )
How will the ballot language read for Proposition A?
“Shall the City of Florissant be authorized to impose and annual registration fee of $200 to be paid by the owner of any residential structure in the city which has been vacant for six months or more?
Yes ( )
Paid for by St. Louis Association of REALTORS® Issues Mobilization; Martina Johnson, Treasurer.