Denison, TX, considering occupied, vacant property registration ordinance for rentals
Denison TX: An occupied and vacant property registration ordinance for rental units is being considered by the Council.
Under the currently proposed ordinance, all rental properties would be subject when occupied or vacant to the standards as put forth under the International Property Maintenance Code, as well as to annual registration with fees; with inspections for some properties.
A "rental property" would be defined in three categories:
1. Single family and multi family (1 - 5 units): $50 annual registration fee per unit. Occupied units would not be inspected, units only inspected when property becomes vacant when tenants move out and then inspection again (while vacant) before new tenants move in.
2. Small apartments (6 - 29 units): $50 annual registration fee per unit. Every unit in the complex would be inspected once annually, whether occupied or vacant.
3. Large apartments: (30+ units): $10 annual registration fee per unit. A percent of total units in the complex would be inspected annually, whether occupied or vacant.
The projected timeline for the registration ordinance is: adoption at the July 15 Council meeting, then early registration for property owners beginning in October 2019, and then full registrations with possible inspections to begin Jan. 1, 2020.
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