ROY — Landlords will pay a significantly higher business license fee if they do not participate in the Good Landlord Program.
The city has used the program for the past year or so, but has streamlined its fees and the process of participating in the program to be in line with state law.
Now if landlords only have one unit, meaning less than a four-plex, they are not required to participate in the program or pay a higher fee if they choose not participate.
Also, once landlords register and obtain a business license for their properties, they have six months to complete the program. The city does not run the program, but participates with other local agencies and provides information on where landlords can take the Good Landlord class.
The program provides training for landlords and requires them to have fairly strict regulations for tenants, such as completing a background check and other stipulations for rental payments and upkeep of property.
The city has reset the fee structure for business licenses for landlords based on a recent municipal study done by the city, said City Attorney Andy Blackburn. The base fee for a license for a landlord is $145, with a disproportionate fee of $33 per unit owned by the landlord. If landlords choose to participate with the Good Landlord program, the base rate is cut in half and the disproportionate fee drops to $8 a unit.
Mayor Joe Ritchie said it is a good idea for landlords to participate in the Good Landlord program, because it means a huge savings and a form of protection for the landlord. The city adopted the use of the program and the changes after other area cities went with the program and saw a reduction in crime. Roy officials didn’t want to worry about people leaving cities that offer the program and coming to Roy.
City Manager Chris Davis said Roy is right in the middle of what other cities charge landlords.
“We’re a little lower than some and a little higher than others.”