Residential rental property owners in Fate will soon need to register their rentals as Fate City Council approved an ordinance requiring the annual registration and inspection of residential rental properties.
The ordinance was approved at the council’s recent meeting and looks to improve code compliance and maintenance of rentals within city limits. According to the ordinance, rentals must be inspected before tenants move into the single family or multi-family housing unit and will recur annually or whenever a new tenant moves in.
Fees associated with the registration and inspection of residential rental units are:
$85 per year for single family rental units
$25 per year for each unit of a multi-family rental unit
$75 for a reinspection, if needed
$150 for initial late registration
The initial registration fee, for single family and multi-family rentals, includes the application processing, initial inspection and issuance of the registration and inspection certificate.
Previous versions of the proposal were brought up to the council but were tabled so changes could be made to the language and fees associated with registration and inspection of residential rentals and how the inspections themselves would work. Director of Community Services & Building Safety Steve Gilbert explained the changes and how inspections for long term renters would work.
“Each dwelling shall be inspected annually, but I did add the exception for long term leases that had no history of violations,” Gilbert said. “If you lived in the same house, say five years or two years and there were no complaints or no violations on our initial inspection, then it goes to a two year period [in between inspections].”
With nearly 450 residential rental properties in Fate, city staff anticipate this program will bring in around $60,000 in fees.
For more information on the rental registration and inspection program, visit https://bit.ly/2lqllrd.
In other business, the council heard a presentation from All American Dogs, who has a contract with the city to provide animal care services. The presentation came at the request of a couple of council members who had concerns raised to them regarding how the city handles animal control services.
The current contract with All American Dogs is for just more than $104,500 and includes picking up and returning lost pets to their owners, if they have one, or putting them up for adoption after five to 10 days in holding without owners claiming them. Owner of the company, Bob Matthews, spoke about the services offered and the number of calls they receive from Fate and animals they deal with from the city.
“Our first year was 149, I think, and so far this year we’re at 93 I believe,” he said.
In executive session council members discussed a potential mixed use development prospect on the northeast, southeast and southwest corners of FM 551 and Interstate 30 but took no action after they reconvened.