Logan looking at ‘grandfathering’ process for landlords

Property owners opposed to a new business license for landlords have lost their fight. After a lengthy public hearing Tuesday night the Logan Municipal Council voted unanimously to approve a new landlord licensing ordinance effective July 1. Council members took the recommendation from what they called a “diverse committee” that studied the proposal over the last few months, but even some of the committee members expressed reservations.Although there will be a licensing ordinance, opponents are hoping the city will do something about grandfathering existing properties. Chad Tilley told the council he’s been through the grandfathering process several times.”The most recent one took 15 months,” Tilley explained. “I was denied by city staff twice. I was denied by the Board of Adjustments twice.”And in the end we were going to take it to court and miraculously the building permits were found back into the 1930s that actually proved that this property was grandfathered and done legally with permits.” The council agreed to review the way grandfathering decisions are made. Under the new ordinance a landlord will pay $50 for a license but the next year the cost will be only $10 for those who complete a “good landlord” education program.

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