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TO:

Mayor and City Council

FROM:

Robert Fiske, Community Standards Director

CITY OF BLAINE

APPROVED:

DATE:

April 1, 2010

NO.: 9.2

ITEM:

PUBLIC HEARING: Second Reading Ordinance No. 10-2201, Amending Ordinance No. 10-2198, Adopting a Fee Schedule for Section 18-505 – Rental Housing License Fees for the City of Blaine as Appendix D of the Municipal Code of the City of Blaine.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIONS:

C i t y C o u n c i l ( 1 s t R e a d i n g ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 3 / 1 8 / 1 0 C i t y C o u n c i l ( 2 n d R e a d i n g P u b l i c H e a r i n g ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 4 / 0 1 / 1 0

BACKGROUND:

In March of 2007, the City Council approved amendments to the City of Blaine Code of Ordinaces Chapter 18 Article VIII by removing the licensing requirements and creating a new Article X which expanded the residential rental licensing requirements to all residential rental property. Prior to this change only multi-family occupancies (apartment buildings) were being licensed and inspected. As a result of this change and the increased work load that it would produce, the approval was given to hire an additional Housing Inspector/Firefighter to assist the current Housing Specialist. The combination of these two staff members resulted in approximately .90 FTE’s dedicated to inspection of rental properties. Both staff members are also responsible for other issues that relate to housing, such as housing complaints, foreclosures, oversite of the two city owned senior buildings and emergency response.

Because of the recent changes in the housing market, we have had many more single family homes being converted to rental properties than what we originally anticipated. We are also finding that because the majority of these homes are older they have many housing maintenance issues, which result in longer initial inspections and more follow-up inspections than the newer townhomes and our apartment complexes which we have been inspecting for years. This being said, the amount of staff time and cost that is being dedicated to rental inspections well exceeds what is being collected in rental license fees The current fee schedule is $50.00 per building plus $10 per unit per year.

Example – Current Schedule

  • Single family home or townhome = 1 building - $50.00 plus 1 unit -$10.00 = $60.00 annually.

  • 2 building apartment complex with 18 units = 2 buildings – 2x$50 = $100.00 plus 18x$10 = $180 total $280.00 annually.

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