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Duluth Police to Begin Rental License Compliance Checks

Updated: 02/10/2014 9:16 PM
Created: 02/10/2014 4:02 PM WDIO.com

There are 6,400 rental licenses issued in the City of Duluth, according to the police department. Starting next week staff have to visit every rental property to do compliance checks.

At a news conference at the Public Safety Building Monday afternoon, Lt. Eric Rish told Eyewitness News that a city ordinance requires that owner or landlord contact information at any rental property be visible from the outside. To be specific, according to police, the ordinance language says "the notice shall be displayed in a conspicuous place...the notice shall indicate the name, email address and telephone number of the owner or managing agent."

Rish said he suspected that compliance is low and that it could be a public safety issue. "We're not wanting to break in doors to render help, but we also want those property managers to be able to be contacted."

For example, he said if there is a loud party or water main issue, contact information would help provide a more immediate or timely response.

Nine interns will start checking properties for the posted contact information on Tuesday, February 18.

If you have questions, call the Life Safety Office at 218-730-4380.

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