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SL City Council approves rental property ordinance

After months of discussion, the Silver Lake City Council on Monday night approved a rental ordinance for multi-unit housing complexes.
The new ordinance will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Owners of any property that has two or more dwelling units is now required to apply and obtain a certificate of occupancy from the city of Silver Lake.
Once the property owner has submitted an application, the fire chief, or his designee, will schedule a safety inspection for the property.
The ordinance will require property owners to be in accordance with the state of Minnesota fire code.
Give the new ordinance, properties already being used as multi-dwelling rentals will be given until July 31, 2016, to become fully compliant to the ordinance provided that issues are not found to be dangerous to “life, health, property or public welfare.” Life safety issues will need to be addressed immediately.
Any new rental property not in operation at the this time would need to be compliant before it begins operation as a rental unit.
For more see the Aug. 19 print edition of The Chronicle.