Rogers City Continues Rental Inspection Program Delay Mon, 10 Jan 2022 06:05:46 EST
After approving of a delay in starting up a rental housing inspection program in July of 2020, Rogers City Council members agreed with staff to continue delaying implementation of the program until further notice.
City Manager Joe Hefele recently recommended continuing delay, observing that there were a number of times he was about to start it up, but was distracted by other grant programs and pressing issues. He further noted that it still is probably the best option as covid numbers are once again on the rise, and persons residing in rental properties might be still nervous about having a stranger come in to inspect their domicile.
The program was established in an effort to improve housing stock and make dwellings more desirable for tenants, along with providing renters with recourse if building conditions deteriorate.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and executive orders that followed, the city planned to begin scheduling the first 20% of rental inspections. The first "lottery" was conducted with inspector and former Alpena City Building Official Don Gilmet ready to begin the process.
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