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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Rental program

October 10, 2013

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To the editor:

There have recently been letters to the editor that question the value of a citywide rental registration and inspection program that expands to include all neighborhoods. The current city rental inspection program only covers single-family neighborhoods even though most rentals units and large complexes are located in multi-family neighborhoods. The present program has been in place for 12 years and has been effective in registering landlords and providing healthy and safe living units for tenants.

At present, less value seems to be placed on rental neighborhoods as there are no inspections and the burden of resolving issues in substandard units falls solely on the tenants. Renting units to the public is a business. It is logical that such units should be required to meet health, safety and environmental standards. Many businesses require inspections and a license to operate.

City staff has presented a program to the public and the City Commission that is fair, revenue-generating and results in little or no cost to the city. An expanded rental registration and inspection program should reflect the same standards that have been used for 12 years in single-family neighborhoods. The City Commission can take pride in implementing a citywide program that will benefit and protect our entire community.

Comments

Richard Heckler 6 months, 1 week ago

Public is invited

The Commission revised the schedule for the rental licensing program expansion ordinance. The ordinance will NOT be on the 10/15 CC agenda as previously planned by the CC.

The CC will instead review the ordinance, and comments submitted by Commissioners to staff on 10/1, during a CC study session on 10/22 at 4:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers.

Commissioners’ written 10/1 comments on the proposed ordinance can be found on the City’s Web site in the Council Agendas & Minutes for the 10/8/13 meeting, in Item F., Future Agenda Items.

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Richard Heckler 6 months, 1 week ago

Current info: http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/registered_rentals

The rental registration is a benefit to tenants and to neighborhoods in an effort to improve the quality of life for all concerned.

Property Maintenance Code http://www.lawrenceks.org/city_code/sys ... pter09.pdf

Article 5 Article 6

If a landlord threatens a tenant with eviction for reporting a code violation there is a flood of vacant rentals in Lawrence,Kansas every day. http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/code_enforcement (CODE ENFORCEMENT covers the following)

The Code Enforcement Division enforces the Property Maintenance Code, Environmental Code, Weed Code, Sign Code, and Zoning Code.

This division also oversees the Rental Inspection Program, environmental/structural blight, grass/weed complaints, zoning and land use regulations including site plan inspections of residential and commerical properties.

Applications and Forms

Adopted Codes http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/code_enforcement

-- Disorderly/Nuisance House Ordinance (Chapter 14, Article 11) -- Environmental Code (Chapter 9, Article 6) -- Property Maintenance Code (Chapter 5, Article 10) -- Rental Housing Ordinance (Chapter 6, Article 13) -- Walls, Fence and other Structures Ordinance -- Weeds Ordinance (Chapter 18, Article 3) -- Zoning Enforcement (Land Development Code - Chapter 20)

http://www.lawrenceks.org/pds/code_enforcement

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