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Agenda Title:

Rental Ready Program One Year Update

This presentation is for informational purposes only. 

Executive Summary:

Assistant City Manager Lauren Palmer will present the one year update on the Rental Ready Program.  The presentation will cover the program background and provide a summary of the first year activities.


On September 6, 2016, the City Council passed Ordinance No. 18637 to adopt a rental inspection program to be effective June 1, 2017.  The focus of the inspection program is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents, maintain attractive neighborhoods, and ensure minimum standards for the interior of residential buildings.


As part of rental inspection program, rental units would be required to be inspected and pass a basic health/safety inspection every two (2) years.  The landlord will be required to hire a qualified housing inspector and the qualified housing inspector will be required to submit the approved inspection form electronically to the City in order for the landlord to renew their business license.


The ordinance creating the program outlined a 2 year implementation of the program given the limited resources.  The first year of the implementation has been completed with a number of successes.


  • The number of licensed landlords has increased from 2,010 to 2,935 licensed landlords. 
  • The number of rental units in the program increased from 7,921 to 17,096.  The 2016 Census estimate of rental units is 18,398.
  • Over 3,000 inspections have been performed with the top issues found being missing or broken smoke detectors, miscellaneous electrical issues, and sanitary sewer issues. 
  • The feedback we have received from the inspectors, landlords and tenants have been positive.

In the upcoming year, staff will be focused on getting those landlords who did not have their units inspected in Year 1 inspected.

Department:          Community DevelopmentContact Person:          Tom Scannell

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