NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- The city of New Albany took action to clean-up unkempt properties at a meeting Monday night. 

Mayor Jeff Gahan said the rental housing ordinance is a must.

More than 50 people were at Monday's city council meeting and several addressed the council about a possible ordinance.

It would make landlords register their properties and allow the city to inspect those locations yearly, or anytime there's a legal complaint.

The registration part of that passed, but city council members decided to hold off on the inspection ordinance, saying it needs more work before a vote.

The city's website says the four main goals are to improve safety, improve cleanliness, preserve historic properties and increase property values.

Some people spoke in support of the idea but say there are already laws in place to keep properties up to code and if the city can't even make sure those rules are followed, how would it handle even more inspections?

"We don't want slums, we don't want negative property out there devaluing our property. I, for one, don't," one resident said.

"There's already codes and ordinances and laws that tell us how we need to keep the property. Those should be good enough for what you guys want to do," another said.

The cost to register would be $5 a year for each property.

A final vote on the registration portion of the ordinance is set for March 17.

The inspection ordinance will be brought up again at a later time.

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