If you rent out a house, condominium, duplex, or other multi-family complex, a license for rental housing is required.
The rental licensing program is designed to ensure that housing units meet appropriate code requirements, to provide the City with better information as to the location of the City’s rental housing stock, and to require adequate tenant screening/management procedures to minimize problem tenant issues.
The City Council has instituted penalties under our rental licensing program for those property owners who fail to obtain a license. Unlicensed properties found to have rental units will subject the property owner to double feels, misdemeanor citations, and possible injunctive action to prevent the continued illegal rental.
Obtaining a license is fairly simple. An inspection of the property by a City-licensed inspector is needed, including correction of any hazardous defeciencies. A completed application form and the license fee must also be submitted. The license fee is $100 per building and $12 per unit. The license will be effective through June 30, 2013, with no additional fees or inspections due for units of four or less dwelling units. Complexes with more than four units are still subject to an annual fee and inspection of 25% of all units per year.
Some key criteria are as follows:
• For dwellings with less than 4 or less units, the license and inspections will be good for a four-year period
• Dwellings with greater than 3 units must have 25% of all of the units inspected every year so that all units will be fully inspected after 4 years. Complexes that complete inspection of 100% of their units will not have to pay the annual fee for the remainder of the first four years of licensing. If all units are inspected by June 30, 2011, he/she whould only pay the current year’s license fee and the license would then be in effect through June 30, 2013-that means one year’s license fee can be saved!
• Rental inspections will be conducted by housing inspectors licensed by Little Canada and contracted with by the owner of the rental complex. This will be an expense borne by the owner of the complex in addition to the rental license fee.
• Any issues noted by the housing inspector must be resolved and certified by the inspector before a license will be issued.
• The license term is from July 1st through June 30th. The initial license term commenced on July 1, 2009. For complexes with more than 4 units, the City Council is allowing the initial year of licensing to run until June 30, 2011.
• The four-year term for all of these licenses will expire on June 30, 2013, regardless of when the license was obtained.
• Rental license fees are $100 per building and $12 per unit, plus the cost of an approved inspection.
• For units not yet licensed, please obtain your license by March 31, 2012, without penalty. Units not licensed by that time will be subject to citation for violation of the rental ordinance and may be subject to additional penalties and/or fines.
If you own or manage a rental property, please contact the Little Canada City Center at 651-766-4029 to commence your application process or have your questions answered.