West Carrollton board recommends new rental licensing

The West Carrollton Board of Zoning Appeals July 14 recommended approval of a new rental licensing program that will go before city council July 26, according to a news release.

The public will be given a chance to comment on the proposal Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the council meeting.

Any changes to the property maintenance code would likely be implemented in January 2017, according to the release.

This will be one of many hearings that have been held with the proposal. Previous public hearings have led to revisions and other hearings, according to the release.

“We heard the concerns about the costs and scope of the program, and we’ve tried to respond to those concerns,” said Greg Gaines, planning director.

The proposal would have rental properties inspected on a five-year cycle, where multi-unit properties would be chosen through a random sampling system, according to the release.

Minor violations will be considered minor infractions and would not require a re-inspection fee, however a major violation would require another inspection and a fee of $87, according to the release.

Once implemented, landlords and tenants will be given advanced notice of the inspections and the property owner would receive a full release of any violations.

Landlords would be given time to correct any violations or file for an appeal with the Board of Zoning.

Along with responding to public feedback, city staff met with representatives of the Greater Dayton Apartment Association and Greater Dayton Real Estate Investment Association to make the revisions to the program, according to the release.

The full proposal can be found on the city's website.

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