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What Landlords & Tenants Should Know

BSED will aggressively enforce blight violations.  Violators should remember that it’s not enough to pay penalties.  Violators must correct problems.  If not, a second or third violation may be issued with a higher fine.

•  All rental property owners must register their rental property and obtain a Certificate of Compliance.  The certificate is proof that an inspection was performed at the property and found to be in a safe and habitable condition.
      
•  All renters are entitled to live in housing that is well maintained and safe.  Renters are encouraged to report rental properties that require inspection and repair.  Tenants can arrange for an inspection (at no cost to them) by calling 224-2733.
      
•  Smoke detectors must be installed near all bedrooms.  Maintaining smoke detectors with batteries is the responsibility of both the tenant and owner.
      
•  Graffiti or other defacing should be removed from buildings and fences to maintain a neat and clean neighborhood.
      
•  Owners and renters are responsible for the cleanliness of the property.  If a Blight Violation Notice is issued, the Department of Administrative Hearings (DAH) may order one party to pay the entire fine or may split the fine between the owner and the tenant.
      
•  Landlords, who evict renters, and renters, who have been evicted, have 72 hours to remove any household items or belongings placed at the curb.  If the items aren’t taken away, the landlord, the renter, and/or both may be issued a notice and fined.
      
•  Animal waste from dogs, cats, or other pets is solid waste.  Residents shouldn’t allow such waste to accumulate on the property.
      
•  Items, such as auto parts, building materials, household items, or commercial equipment, should not be stored in yards.
      
•  Commercial, recreational or inoperable vehicles cannot be stored on residential property.
      
•  Vehicles of any kind cannot be parked on unpaved portions of a yard, including front or back lawns.