City officials are reviewing a program to license all city rental properties
More than 60 percent of the housing stock in the city of Kent are rental properties. And now city officials are examining a program that could require registration and licensing of every last rental. Other Ohio cities, including Athens, OH, home of Ohio University, have comprehensive rental licensing programs. Do you think Kent should follow suit?
Kent City Council approves new rules for businesses that buy and sell goods; mandates yearly $200 license fee
Stores that buy and sell second-hand merchandise in Kent must now buy a license to do business. Kent City Council approved a new law this week that regulates "second-hand dealers" or stores that deal mostly in used goods such as Einstein's Attic or City Bank Antiques. Aside from the yearly $200 license fee, the law requires businesses hold goods they buy from someone for 30 days before reselling them. The rules apply only to brick-and-mortar businesses and not people selling only online out of their home or other location. Kent Law Director Jim Silver said the holding period is meant to give police a chance to try and track down stolen merchandise that may have been sold to a business. "We have people in Kent that buy gold and jewelry and …