Posted on: November 7, 2017

Rental Property Owners Invited to Meeting on New Program

People who own rental housing property in Sioux Center are invited to an informational meeting about the new Rental Housing Program.

The meeting about the program will be Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sioux Center Public Library.

The Rental Housing Program, which is designed to help ­maintain a minimum standard for safe and sanitary living spaces, is currently under consideration by the Sioux Center City Council. The council approved the second reading of the ordinance this week. A third and final reading is scheduled for the council’s Nov. 28 meeting.

Once the program is approved, anyone who rents out a portion or all of a property will register with the City of Sioux Center. Each rental property will be inspected once every three years to ensure basic safety and sanitary conditions are met.

With this program, rental housing property owners will purchase a rental permit each year with a discounted renewal fee in subsequent years. There will be a penalty for failing to register.

Sioux Center Code Enforcement Director Josh Dorhout said this program will help property owners protect their investment and will help tenants understand their rights in seeking safe and sanitary living conditions.

“This is about things like having smoke alarms, proper electric wiring, basic health, sanitation and life safety requirements,” said Sioux Center Code Enforcement Director Josh Dorhout. “We want to establish minimum standards to make sure everybody has a safe place to live.”

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