Dayton adopts residential rental permit and safety inspection program

The Dayton City Council unanimously passed an ordinance to adopt a residential rental property inspection program at its Sept. 6 meeting.

The program is designed to be complaint-driven and includes proactive code enforcement inspections every six months. It will enter into force on January 1, 2023.

Prior to this ordinance, the city did not have a residential property inspection program.

According to Cassie Patterson, Dayton’s code enforcement director, the inspections were driven by complaints or recommended by police or fire departments. Nor was code enforcement required to inspect all residential rental units in the city.

This program is something she said the city needs.

The ordinance states that the city council also believes the ordinance is necessary to “ensure that the city’s rental housing stock is properly maintained and that residents of rental properties live in safe and healthy conditions.”

“Speaking with other city managers, it can really help improve properties by doing this program,” City of Dayton Administrator Jay Fossett said during the ordinance’s first reading on August 2nd. “We have a lot of great landlords who are looking after their properties and doing a great job. They shouldn’t be worried because they’ll be fine. It’s the ones who are basically renting out unsanitary and unsafe space that we’re really concerned about. »

If an inspector finds conditions in a rental unit that violate the ordinance, the city will issue a Notice of Violation, or it will be delivered by mail. The owner will have no more than 30 days to make corrections. The inspector may grant a 30-day extension “for cause”.

The property will be re-inspected after changes are made.

Patterson and a part-time inspector will conduct inspections.

According to Fossett, the city hopes to inspect all 1,000 residential rental units over two years, an average of two per day.

If violations are not corrected, owners will be subject to fines.

Penalties for violating the ordinance will result in a fine of at least $50 per day per violation but no more than $250 per day per violation, to a maximum of $5,000 per citation, and a lien of $250 per rental unit.

Anyone wishing to dispute a violation may file a petition with the City of Dayton Code Enforcement Board within seven business days of receiving notice from the inspector.

Under the ordinance, landlords cannot rent and lease property without acquiring a professional license and a rent inspector license from the City of Dayton.

Owners must also pay a $40 inspection fee. Fees will be paid as part of their Dayton Rental Inspection License. The license will be due on April 15 and must be renewed annually.

The $40 fee will pay for the program so no extra money comes out of the city budget.

Harry D. Gonzalez