Residential Rental Inspection Program

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On January 23, 2007, the Lancaster City Council adopted Rental Housing Ordinance 869 establishing the Rental Housing Inspection Program.  The purpose of the ordinance is to ensure the rehabilitation or elimination of housing that does not meet minimum Municipal and/or State Building, Housing Code and Health and Safety Standards.  In addition, the ordinance is intended to promote safety and enhance the quality of life for City residents living in multi-family units.

The existence of substandard and unsanitary residential rental properties and residential rental units, the physical conditions and characteristics of which violate applicable state housing, county and local codes and render them unfit or unsafe for human occupancy and habitation, threatens the physical, social and economic stability of sound residential buildings and areas, and their supporting neighborhood faciities and institutions; necessitates disproportionate expenditures of public funds for remedial action; impairs the efficient and economical exercise of governmental power and functions; and destroys the amenity of residential areas and neighborhoods and the community as a whole.  It has been statistically demonstrated that areas with rental housing facilities are responsible for a disproportionate share of police calls for service.

The disproportionate demand upon police services necessitates a disproporationate expenditure of public funds for such properties and impairs the property value of these properties and the surrounding neighborhoods as well as the community as a whole.

The purpose of this Ordinance is to implement a crime free rental housing program to provide a stable, more satisfied tenant base; increase demand for rental units with a reputation for active management; lower maintenance and repair costs; increase property values, and improve the personal safety for tenants, landlords and managers.

This Ordinance will also identify the existence of substandard and unsanitary residential rental properties and rental units and to cause the owner thereof to cure such defects.

 Residential Rental Inspection Program Documents:


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