It’s coming up as a workshop discussion at Tuesday’s Logan Municipal Council meeting, a proposed ordinance that would require owners of rental dwellings to be licensed. There will not be a vote but the discussion will be led by Jim Geier, compliance officer for the city’s planning department. Mayor Randy Watts, who is running for election to a second four-year term this year, supports landlord licensing for what he calls “safety reasons.” Watts says, unfortunately, too many landlords don’t follow the codes when remodeling their apartment units.”Landlord licensing is no more than an opportunity for (us) with the qualifications of our building department to go into and inspect these apartments periodically, check them and make sure they’re meeting the standard,” Watts says. “That means handrails, electric hold, the combustion, situations with furnaces. Those things are easy to handle so we try to make it as safe as we can to make sure those rentees and renters are on the same page.”Several candidates running for mayor and city council oppose landlord licensing. They call it an “invasion of private property” and say apartment owners are doing a good job of policing themselves.
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