Reps. Speedy, Turner, and Austin have introduced HB 1313 which would restrict the ability of local government to adopt ordinances that regulate landlord/tenant relations. In particular in forbids adoption of ordinances that requires landlords to take a class or be licensed as a landlord in some way. It also forbids local government from imposing a fee on the landlord as part of an inspection or registration requirement.
I’m a little hazy on the details here in West Lafayette, but I think they have an ordinance that regulates the number of occupants you can have in a rental. (A perennial concern in a college town). And, as part of this, I believe you have to register and/or be part of an inspection. I don’t know that there is a fee involved, but I would not be at all surprised if there is. This would prohibit such a fee which, doubtless, would make such ordinances more difficult to enforce.
I guess I don’t have strong feelings on the policy, but I’m no fan of the constant erosion of local control. If (for example) slumlords are a problem in a locality, they should probably have the flexibility to address the problem at the local level.