City Lawsuit



West Frankfort has been slapped with a lawsuit.

The suit was filed in Franklin County Circuit Court by eight of the city’s landlords.
 
It accuses West Frankfort of trying to move out poorer residents, by adopting rental unit codes that hit landlords too hard in the wallet.
 
West Frankfort commissioners adopted the standards last October, and Mayor Tom Jordan says the city tried to work with landlords.
 
“Before we imposed the law, we gave the landlords one year to comply with the ordinance, and we vowed that if you’re having problems with the ordinance, call us, we’ll come out, and we’ll work with you.”
 
A call to the landlords’ attorney Tuesday night seeking comment was not returned.

Leigh Caldwell Reporting

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