Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development
The City Council unanimously voted last night to proceed with scheduling a public hearing to adopt an ordinance which will require property owners to register their detached one-family rental homes and subsequently hold said owners accountable for the upkeep of their property via a permit to occupy.
The proposed ordinance is intended to be a proactive tool to enable the City to better protect its residential neighborhoods from blight and stabilize home values. The City Council adopted a similar ordinance to require the registration of vacant homes in 2010. If adopted, this ordinance would require all detached one-family rental homes to be registered by December 31, 2018.
The City Council believes there is a need to adopt an organized registration and permit program to ensure that rental homes meet minimum code requirements. Most importantly, the proposed ordinance will provide the City with a more efficient system for compelling rental home owners to correct code violations when they are found.
The public hearing to adopt the proposed ordinance will be held at the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.