Fairhope property managers say ordinance unfairly targets them

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FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WKRG) — Some rental property owners in Fairhope think a city ordinance calls on them to obtain too many business licenses. 

Randy Niemeyer of Ashurt Niemeyer Real Estate spoke out about the ordinance at Monday’s city council meeting. 

He says many of his customers got word from city officials they would be fined on Wednesday if they do not obtain a separate business license for each property they manage, on top of the business license they already have to operate the properties they manage. 

Niemeyer says he’s been trying to get the city to clarify the ordinance since January. 

“I’ve been trying to get this into the limelight for several months now, and it hasn’t been fixed,” he said before the council and the mayor.

One of his customers, who also manages local properties, says the way the ordinance is set up doesn’t make sense. 

“I told them it’s like hiring an Uber to drive you, the Uber driver has a driver’s license, people in the Uber car shouldn’t have to have a license also. It’s kind of ridiculous when you think about it,” said Zimmerman.

The city council did not enter public discussion after Niemeyer made his comment. 

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