Scottville commissioners to discuss rental ordinance.
SCOTTVILLE — The Scottville City Commission is expected to discuss the proposed residential rental inspection ordinance during its regular meeting today at 5:30 p.m.
The proposed ordinance, as presented by the Planning Commission, would be identical to the City of Ludington’s residential rental ordinance, which has been in effect there for just over a year.
In a memo to the City Commission, City Manager Amy Williams said she would recommend the commission discusses moving forward with the ordinance and that it request City Attorney Tracy Thompson review it.”
Williams said the commission could see a first reading during one of its April meetings.
“If this ultimately passes we will need to contract with someone certified to do inspections. I was given the name of a couple different people that we could contact when the timing is right. The fees collected from the landlords will allow us to pay an inspector so that money will not have to come out of our general fund.”
The proposed ordinance would require landlords to register properties that are being used for residential rentals. Those failing to do so would face fines. The ordinance would also allow the city to conduct inspections of rental units to determine that the units are safe for residents.
The city already has an ordinance that allows it to require negligent property owners to maintain the exterior of their properties. Over the past three or four years, cleaning up blight has been the top goal of the City Commission. However, the city is unable to inspect the interiors of rented properties.
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