Friday, March 30, 2012
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?
Friday, November 18, 2011
Vacant homes under renovation exempted
A new vacant property registration law took one step closer to becoming a reality this week for Kent property owners. Kent City Council approved the new law by passing it on its second reading at council. The ordinance outlining the law will come back to council in December for a third and final vote before the law takes effect. In a new twist Wednesday, Councilman John Kuhar amended the ordinance to exempt residential properties from having to register — and pay a hefty registration fee — if the property has been vacant for less than a year or is in the midst of a renovation. "I didn’t want to see the ordinance go through at all, but rather than see it go through and be as unfair as it was I presented this as a compromise," he said. Under…