Boardman to start landlord registrations after winning lawsuit


BOARDMAN

The township soon will begin registering landlords in a new program aimed at improving rental-property standards, in a community where about 30 percent of housing units are rentals.

The township recently won a lawsuit over the landlord registration program and will begin accepting registrations in the coming months, with plans to have the program fully operational next year.

While cities and villages in Ohio have similar programs, Boardman is the first township in the state to implement one.

The program will require landlords who own property in the township to register their contact information with the zoning office; pay an annual fee; maintain certain interior and exterior standards at their rental units; and be subject to periodic inspections.

The program, which township trustees first approved in 2014, was put in place to address issues the township has had with getting in touch with landlords, some of whom live out of town, about problems with their properties.

Read more about the program in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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