Public Hearing Tonight: Rental Licensing and Inspection Program

The hearing is at 7 p.m. at John Street Quarters.

Westminster's Mayor and Common Council will conduct a hearing this evening to hear public input on the Rental Licensing and Inspection Program that was first presented to the Council on Oct. 8.

The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the John Street Quarters building on the grounds of the Westminster Volunteer Fire Company.

Do you think it's a good idea to license landlords? Tell us in comments.

This past spring, the Mayor and Council created the task force to research and recommend a program that will improve the condition of rental housing throughout the city.

On Monday, Oct. 8 the Rental Licensing and Inspection Program Task Force presented their recommendations to the Mayor and Common Council. The Task Force recommended that all residential rental units be licensed and periodically inspected.

For their official report click here and for their PowerPoint presentation click here.

Read more on this topic:

  • City Council Gets First Glimpse at Landlord Licensing Program
  • City Council Ponders Landlord Licensing to Curb Main Street Problems

Judith M. Smith November 05, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I am all for starting a referendum for being able to oust public officials....how does one start such a process???
WestMonster November 08, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Maybe it's not the elected officials. Maybe it's the person paid a very tidy sum to lead the day-to-day, and inform the Council's deliberations, and implement the Council's decisions. Maybe finding out who is pulling strings behind the scenes is what it needed. the electeds may just be the public face of someone else's agenda.
WestMonster November 08, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Next May you can vote out Halstad, Chiavacci, and (I think) Utz. IF you know someone who wants to make a difference, encourage them to run and give them some money for signs. It only takes about 400 votes to win. The problem with rentals right now is that the slumlords do the bare-minimum in terms of maintenance, and evict their poor tenants who don't know any better and don't have the time or resources to fight back or know what's right. It just continues because there's always another poor person to move in until they start getting sick from the mold and lack of heat. How else would you fix this? There are many good landlords, and it's unfortunate that they have to pay for these inspections. the bad ones ruined it for all.
Judith M. Smith November 09, 2012 at 09:55 PM
KateD November 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Main Street looks pathetic. It is unattractive, no one visits, drugs, trash (including residents) something needs to be done. It's embarrassing. ,


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