Our city is considering classifying rental of more than two houses as a business.
Fees will be collected annually to pay for inspections upon move-outs.
Purpose is to combat deterioration that seems inherent in rental housing, and protection of renters who might not be aware of building code deficiencies. It would also assure health and safety for occupants such as appliances, gas, electrical, vermin entry, sanitation, and up-keep of stairs and railings among other things.
We are adopting the International Building Code and intend to apply those standards for single family homes (we have no apartments).
Is this being done anywhere else?