Residential Rental Registration Program

The Code Compliance Department of the City of Austin is soliciting input from individuals and groups with interest regarding the development of a draft rental registration program to present to City Council. The City Council passed a resolution directing staff to work with interested stakeholders to develop a program to register residential rental units. Stakeholder input will be considered in the development of a draft ordinance.

How can we ensure that Austinites can live in safe, secure rental housing?

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  1. Mandatory, free, simple registration for all rental properties

    All residential rental properties would have to register with the name of their property, a local point of contact, the address, the number of units, and other basic information (online). After a grace period to be determined later, fines would apply to properties that are not registered.

    102 votes
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    • Fee-based registration for property with substantiated code violations

      For 3 verified complaints within a period of time, a property would be mandated to a fee based registration/inspection status until 3 years of compliance is attained; then the property would return to a non-fee registration status.

      57 votes
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      • Inspections of selected properties

        Inspections of properties required to pay a registration fee because of code violations would be interior inspections of vacant properties or by tenant invitation.

        51 votes
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        • 51 votes
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          • 48 votes
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            • 34 votes
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              • A fee per month per unit attached to utility bills.

                The fee ($1 or less per unit per month) would enable the City to help property owners and managers stay up-to-date with code compliance and address issues before complaints are raised.

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                • Enforce existing laws regarding peaceable use of private property without creating new bureaucracy.

                  Enforce existing laws regarding peaceable use of private property without creating new bureaucracy.

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                  • Limited inspections of code compliant properties

                    For properties who have registered for free and had compliant records with the City, Inspections would be exterior only to determine if structure(s) are maintained or in a state of disrepair.

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