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Rental License Fees

Annual License Fee

The City uses a tiered rental license billing structure. The fee increases based on the number of units in the structure or the higher tier of the property. 

 

1-3 Units

4+ Units

Building Fee

Per Unit Fee

Building Fee

Per Unit Fee

Tier 1

$80

$30

$140

$10

Tier 2

$185

$60

$320

$20

Tier 3

$305

$160

$605

$80

A property’s tier is based on two years of information that includes inspections, violations, and solid waste clean-ups.

Learn more about the tiering process

Information on paid and unpaid rental license fees is available online.

Check if a rental license has been paid  

Administrative Fee

After purchasing a rental property, the new owner must apply for a license within 60 days of closing, or an administrative fee will be charged. This administrative fee starts at $250.00 and increases by $20.00 for each additional unit.

Change of Ownership Fee

When a rental property changes ownership, it must be inspected for compliance with the Housing Maintenance Code. The fee for this inspection is $450.00.  

Properties Qualifying for A Change of Ownership Inspection

  • Single family homes that don't meet the Conversion definition
  • All duplexes, triplexs, and fourplexes
  • Mixed-use commercial properties with one to four units

Exceptions 

  • Certificate of Occupancy issued within three years (new construction)
  • Certificate of Code Compliance issued within 12 months (condemnation, rehab) 
  • Restoration Agreement completed within 12 months
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Qualifying relative homestead single family dwellings
  • Properties granted a rental license exemption
  • Properties where a rental license has been approved within six months
  • Properties where a Change of Ownership fee has been paid within six months

Conversion Fee

When a dwelling is converted to rental property or has not had a license for the past 12 months, it must be inspected for compliance with the Housing Maintenance Code. The fee for this inspection is $1000.00. 

Properties Qualifying for a Conversion Inspection

  • Single family homes when the property was previously owner-occupied or had not been licensed for 12 months
  • Duplexes and triplexes with separate property ID numbers
  • Condominium, co-op, and townhouse units in buildings with one to five units whose units have separate property ID numbers and have not been licensed for 12 months

Exceptions

  • Certificate of Occupancy issued within three years (new construction)
  • Certificate of Code Compliance issued within 12 months (condemnation, rehab) 
  • Restoration Agreement completed within 12 months
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Qualifying relative homestead single family dwellings
  • Mixed-use commercial properties (one to four units would be considered a change of ownership)

Conversion Fee Discount

Owners and agents who attend a fundamentals of rental property management course may qualify for a $250 reimbursement of the conversion fee.

Prorated Rental Licenses

The annual license fee is reduced by 50% for applications submitted between September 1 and the end of February. A rental license must be obtained prior to renting or offering to rent the property.

Late Fee

All rental licenses expire at the end of February. A rental license renewal received after March 15 is subject to a penalty charge of 25% of the license fee. 

Last updated Jan 30, 2020

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