Licensing recommendation intended to identify landlords

The Logan Municipal Council agenda Tuesday night includes a long-awaited report and recommendation on a controversial issue: Landlord Licensing. Blyhe Ahlstrom, chairman of the Landlord Licensing Committee, says it is believed that like any other business landlords should have a business license so it is known who they are if problems arise.”Under our recommendation,” Ahlstrom explains, “and the thing the city wanted to do at a minimum, is at least have the landlord get a license so they would know who they are. “And this way, if there’s a problem or concern, there is an officially-established contact with the person who owns the property. Now it provides that, if they wish, the landlord can turn over his responsibilities to a property manager.”Ahlstrom says the committee will recommend a license fee which is the same as other business licenses at $50 a year. But there is an incentive, for those who participate in a landlord training program the fee would be reduced to $10.Opposition to a landlord licensing program was one reason losing candidate Steve Stokes decided to run for Logan Municipal Council last fall. Stokes says he will be at the municipal council meeting tonight to hear the study and committee’s report and recommendations.Stokes says he could accept the idea of a business license of something like $25 a year for landlords, but he says there’s a lot more involved that has him concerned.”It is the Good Landlord Program,” Stokes says. “It’s the inspection. It’s the making people pay $200 a year to park on a public street. To me that sounds like the Mafia! ‘We’re going to take away your parking but we’ll let you park on the street for $200.'”So that concerns me. Licensing itself doesn’t concern me it’s everything else.”Stokes, who is an apartment manager in Logan, says he still has no idea how much the landlord training program would cost.He has already announced that he will run for municipal council again in 2012 because of these issues. The Logan Municipal Council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Logan Municipal Council chambers, 290 N. 100 W. in Logan.

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