Sunset Hills board nixes rental registry

Properties occupied without a permit will pay fee of $75

Mark Colombo

Mark Colombo

By Staff Report

Sunset Hills aldermen last week rejected an ordinance that would have established a registry of rental properties.

The Board of Aldermen voted 7-1 May 9 against the measure on its second reading. Ward 4 Alderman Mark Colombo cast the sole vote in favor.

The ordinance would have been effective Jan. 1, 2018, and would have required rental property owners to register their properties annually with the Department of Public Works.

Property owners would not have been charged a fee to register their properties.

The ordinance was proposed “to identify those properties citywide that are being rented to the public and to gain contact information for code enforcement and emergency situations and to proactively identify substandard and deteriorated housing stock …”

The measure also was proposed “to further preserve and enhance the quality of life for residents living in residential rental units.”

In a separate matter May 9, the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance amending permit fees for occupancy inspections.

Under the approved ordinance, the fee for initial inspection and two reinspections remains at $25, as does the fee for any additional inspection.

But the ordinance adds a section stating the city will now charge a $75 fee to inspect a property that is occupied without an occupancy permit.