Scott City rental home inspections to begin in 2020

Scott City, MO rental inspections

SCOTT CITY, MO (KFVS) - The City of Scott City held a public forum at 7 p.m. on Monday April 1, 2019 during the regular scheduled city council meeting.

And, if you’re a landlord or renter in Scott City, the city will begin inspecting your homes, starting January, 1 2020.

That’s after an ordinance passed at the council meeting on Monday night, April 1.

The Scott City mayor says rundown buildings and junk in the yard are two of the problems.

The new ordinance will require inspections for rented properties older than 5 years or if a drive by shows it doesn’t meet standards and needs to be looked at inside.

They’ll check out things like plumbing, gas, and fire safety. The first inspection costs $50 per unit, the second will be $0, and it’s $50 per unit for any additional inspections.

Landlords will have four years to complete the first inspection, and once it’s passed, they won’t need another for four more years.

Landlords will also have to fill out a registration form with who lives inside their rentals. But they won’t need to pay for a business license to operate.

The mayor hopes this helps the city look nicer and keeps people safe.

Landlords at the meeting said keeping their buildings up to code doesn’t mean they’ll be able to charge more for rent or that people will be willing to pay more for rent.

They also said the $50 fee is too expensive, and it’s hard to control how renters treat their property.

“Some of the quality of homes that have been rented here, it’s not fair to those people either to rent some of these homes that aren’t to the standards that they need to be. It’s my opinion that you should not have to lay down in a place where you’re worried about critters crawling around you at night,” said Monty Keesee, Owner of M&M Real Estate Development.

The mayor says Scott City officers will also crack down on the outside maintenance of other homes as well and will start ticketing homeowners.

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