Rental Home Registration Ordinance Proposed To Protect Neighborhoods

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 regulation of rental homes is a Y2018 strategic goal for the City Council

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.

To learn more, please review the Frequently Asked Questions flyer and/or the May 7th City Council packet.

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.