Spartanburg considers property registry to combat blighted rental properties

Spartanburg City Council recently mulled plans to battle neighborhood blight and to deal with absentee landlords who do not take care of their properties.


The goal is to reduce the number of unsafe and uninhabitable units, which would in turn improve conditions in some neighborhoods.   File photo

Spartanburg City Council recently mulled plans to battle neighborhood blight and to deal with absentee landlords who do not take care of their properties.

Residents have raised concerns about absentee landlords that fall short when it comes to maintaining rental properties.

The city is considering a plan for a residential property registry that includes inspections to ensure that rental properties are up to local code standards. The goal is to reduce the number of unsafe and uninhabitable units, which would in turn improve conditions in some neighborhoods. The proposed registry would have a $25 per-unit fee for rental property owners, to a maximum of $250, which can be waived if the owner has a local business license. Any rental site that has more than four units must have a business license.

During the public-commenting period of the meeting, 14 people spoke out. Eleven property owners spoke against the proposal, while three residents spoke in favor of it. The Council may discuss the proposal again in upcoming meetings. A public hearing will be scheduled before the Council votes on the ordinance.

The full video of the recent council meeting is available for viewing at http://www.cityofspartanburg.org/news/city-council-hears-details-on-proposed-residential-rental-property-registry.

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