Rental unit li­cens­ing, in­spec­tion con­sid­ered in Queen­stown

Record Observer - - News - By JACK SHAUM jshaum@kibay­

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.”

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