FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Why do I have to register my property? I never had to in the past.
2. When should I register my property?
3. What are the fees to register?
4. What if I don't register my property?
5. Does every rental property have to be inspected?
6. How do I register my property?
7. Will my registration ever expire?
8. How will the property be inspected?
9. What types of inspections are required? When are they required?
10. Are multi-family dwellings required to be inspected.
11. How much will an inspection cost?
Q. Why do I have to register my property? I never had to in the past.
A. On June 9, 2015 the City of Rossford adopted a Rental Dwelling Registration (Chapter 726) program requiring property owners who rent residential property to have their rented units registered with the city.
Q. When should I register my property?
A. The initial registration period is from July 1, 2015 and ending on November 1, 2015 for existing dwellings. Any new rental dwellings should be registered before tenants are allowed to move in.
Q. What are the fees to register?
A. The fees are as follows: Application Fees. The following fees shall be remitted to the City along with a printout of the payment submittal form from your account in the on-line system.:
Single family dwellings
Two family dwellings
$35.00 per rental unit
Multiple single and two family dwellings
$100.00 for the first 3 dwellings and $10.00 for every dwelling in excess of the first three
$100.00 for the first 3 dwellings and $10.00 for every unit over the first three
Q. What if I don't register my property?
A. If a property owner rents a dwelling unit without registering the dwelling with the city may be subject to administrative penalties of $100 for each week the dwelling unit is not registered.
Q. Does every rental property have to be inspected?
A. No. A number of factors may exempt your property from registration. To claim an exemption, create an account and register your property. You will be able to select your reason for exemption at that point.
Q. Will my registration ever expire?
A. The rental registration is good for as long as you own the property. Sale or transfer of ownership will require the new owner to re- register the property.
Q. How will the property be inspected?
A. The owner, manager or a designated agent of the rental unit will inspect the property (self-inspect) using a form provided by the city. Violations, noncompliance, delinquency or failure to pay penalties, taxes or fees may disqualify owners from the ability to self-inspect their properties and require them to contract the inspections to an approved third party inspector.
Q. What types of inspections are required? When are they required?
A. Both interior and exterior inspection is required for single family and two-family dwellings.
Exterior inspections are annual inspections with the first inspection to be completed by September 30, 2015. After the initial inspection all future exterior inspections will be required to be submitted between April 1 and July 31 of each year.
The initial interior inspection of the rental dwellings is to be filed between July 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016. All future interior inspection reports are to be filed on a biennial basis (every two years) and during the period between June 1 and May 31 of the following year.
Q. Are multi-family dwellings required to be inspected.
A. Multi-family buildings will require an annual fire inspection of the common areas of the buildings. Exterior inspections are required to be reported annually.
Q. How much will an inspection cost?
A. Inspections are to be performed by the property owner or designated agent of the owner and considered to be self-inspected. There will be filing fees required as follows:
- Single-family interior $15.00 per dwelling
- Single-family exterior $15.00 per dwelling
- Two-family interior $15.00 per dwelling
- Two-family exterior $15.00 per site
- Multi-family interior fire inspection $15.00 per bldg.
- Multi-family exterior Inspection $15.00 per site