Geier: licensing will establish rental standard

You’ll be hearing a lot more about it during the coming weeks, a proposed business licensing program for owners of rental units in Logan. The program was explained at last night’s municipal council meeting by Neighborhood Improvement Coordinator Jim Geier. Geier said the purpose of landlord licensing is to ensure the safety of residents. “The code that we are proposing is relatively straightforward,” Geier explained. “It’s basic in its concept, favorable in comparison of other municipalities.” Geier also told the council that the licensing should streamline what the city is already doing. ” We feel that it’ll be change for the better from the standpoint that it will establish an acceptable rental housing standard and first and foremost provide ability for inspection for health, safety and welfare for residents and citizens in Logan.” He said only one license would be needed even though a landlord might own multiple apartment units. Inspections would be once every three years unless there was a specific reason for an inspection. A lot of people were there to hear the presentation but it was only a workshop item on the agenda. A one-hour public hearing has been set for the council’s next meeting on August 18th.

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