Rental unit licensing, inspection considered in Queenstown
QUEENSTOWN — A proposed ordinance that would establish a licensing and inspection program for residential rental units in the Town of Queenstown is being considered by the town commissioners.
Ordinance 16-03 was proposed at the commissioners’ meeting on Wednesday, July 20, by Town Attorney Brynja Booth in response to earlier discussions among the commissioners about creating such a program. The ordinance would amend the town code to add such provisions.
“The purpose of this section is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the town residents and to prevent deterioration of the housing stock in the town,” the proposed ordinance states.
Booth told the commissioners the ordinance calls for determining where rental properties in town are located and said the owners of such properties would apply on an annual basis for a license.
“It would give you the ability to undertake property maintenance inspections,” Booth said. “You already have that right, but if you found extreme violations, it puts a bit more teeth into the enforcement because you can actually revoke their rental license.”
In some jurisdictions, she said, there are regular inspections of rental properties. In some towns they take place every two years, she said.
“Sometimes tenants will complain about the condition, or you all see something that looks like an attractive nuisance and you can say you want to inspect. The cost of those inspections would be passed onto the landlord,” Booth said.
The amended town code would provide for a fee schedule to cover the town’s costs in administering the program as well as the inspection fee, she said. Actual dollar amounts of fees would be spelled out later in a separate resolution, she added.
The commissioners opted to wait until their next meeting on Aug. 10 to determine whether to proceed with introducing the ordinance. Commissioner Tom Willis said that would give them time to study the proposed ordinance and “decide where we want to go.”