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Rental Property Licensing

This 40,000-person city introduced a Rental Property Licensing Program in 2003 “to promote safety, health, and habitability in rental housing. They partnered with Tolemi to create a systematic way to flag non-compliant properties—without burdening staff with hours of research resulting in greater compliance with less staff hours than before.

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You’ve Passed a Rental Registration Ordinance…Now What? (3 of 4)

Implementing a registration or inspection program can seem daunting. For municipalities that had no oversight of rental properties prior to passing an ordinance, it can mean the added responsibility to register or even inspect tens of thousands of units of housing. And more often than not, we’ve seen these put into place without the addition of new administrative or inspectional staff. In this series of post, we will walk you though each step of the process to make sure that your program is successful.

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You’ve Passed a Rental Registration Ordinance…Now What? (2 of 4)

Implementing a registration or inspection program can seem daunting. For municipalities that had no oversight of rental properties prior to passing an ordinance, it can mean the added responsibility to register or even inspect tens of thousands of units of housing. And more often than not, we’ve seen these put into place without the addition of new administrative or inspectional staff. In this series of post, we will walk you though each step of the process to make sure that your program is successful.

The Case for a Rental Property Registration Ordinance (1 of 4)

Cities will adopt a rental property registration ordinance for various reasons, but they generally can be categorized into two buckets: decrease administrative burden on the city and ensure the safety of their citizens. By requiring rental registration, city officials can easily contact property owners or managers when issues need to be addressed. Many cities take an even more proactive approach and require occasional inspections of rental properties to ensure the safety of tenants. Learn more about the questions you should be asking yourself and the challenges you should expect while creating a Rental Property Registration ordinance and program.

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Following and Notes

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Mobile Friendly Enhancements

We are excited to announce Mobile BuildingBlocks, a total overhaul of the entire user experience specifically designed for iOS and Android mobile devices. We have spent months talking with you to better understand what BuildingBlocks features you need out in the field and how we can deliver them seamlessly through a phone or tablet. The result is Mobile BuildingBlocks, and you can access it today by opening a mobile browser and typing the same url you use to access BuildingBlocks on a desktop.

Mom and Pop Landlords

What about the mom-and-pop landlords?

Mom-and-Pop landlords own nearly half of the nations rental units and are often low to median income themselves. They rely on rent payments to maintain the properties, pay the mortgage, and provide income for their families. With tenants unable to pay rent and moratoriums on evictions, their properties, their incomes, and their retirement plans are all at risk. Small scale landlords are also major producers of naturally occurring affordable housing. Concerns are mounting that large investment firms will buy up the rental stock, increase rents, and reduce the supply of affordable housing. Cities need a strategy to protect their mom-and-pop landlords in the coming months.