Sound Off: I own a duplex, and one of my tenants parks his car on the grass. The other tenant is storing two old appliances in front of the garage. I’ve talked with them, but they won’t take care of these. What can I do?
Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: A violation notice would go to the property owner, not the tenant. If tenants are not responding to your request for compliance, then your rights as a landlord should be enforced and you can discuss the tenants’ continuation at your property. The city would consider writing a violation for the property if that would help for leverage in speaking with the tenants, but ultimately it is the property owner’s responsibility that city code is enforced.