Virginia Considering Landlord Licensing

Updated: 06/25/2014 11:09 PM
Created: 06/25/2014 9:12 PM

City leaders in Virginia know that residents are concerned about crime.

And one idea they have at addressing the issue, is landlord licensing. There are roughly 1800 rentals in the city.

"We are looking at requiring landlords to have a license. That would mean regulation and enforcement. Right now, they aren't required to even register with the city. Also we're considering asking landlords to do background checks on all potential tenants, which would add a safety factor to the system," explained city councilor Don Sipola.

They are modeling their proposal after successful ordinances in Duluth and Oakdale.

This is good news to Michele Woods, a business owner on 2nd Avenue. "I think it's fabulous the city is being proactive. It would be great if some of the properties were invested in, and that would bring back some pride into the neighborhood."

The public, landlords, and tenants will have opportunities to weigh in, during public meetings coming up in August.

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