ROY -- Landlords in Roy will get bigger discounts on city license fees if they take part in the Good Landlord Program.
The city council unanimously passed an ordinance that requires landlords to pay a $40 base/flat rate and a $8.50 disproportionate fee per unit.
Those who don't join the Good Landlord Program will pay $145 base/flat rate and a $33 disproportionate fee per unit.
Disproportionate fees are charged to businesses using city services, such as police calls, ambulance services and stormwater drainage.
In addition, for 2012, because the Good Landlord Program didn't get running until July, landlords will get a 50 percent credit on their base fee.
Landlords who have not paid their licensing fee for 2012 will receive the discount when paying it this year.
If they have already paid, they will receive the credit on their 2013 bill, said City Manager Chris Davis. If landlords don't pay their fees by the end of the year, they will be charged a late fee.
The Good Landlord Program requires landlords to take a course on good practices. It also requires tenants to pass certain litmus tests to rent the property.
The city decided to start the program after neighboring cities instituted similar programs. The city also had a study done on disproportionate fees and business license fees.
In the past, the city did not charge landlords of single-family units or duplexes any business license fees. When the study was complete and the city realized the number of fees incurred by all landlords, officials deemed it fair to add those charges.
Some landlords of the single-family units and duplexes expressed dismay about the change, which is why the city lowered the rate and offered the discount for 2012.
"This clears up the situation of homeowners renting to families," said Mayor Joe Ritchie.
Davis also hopes reducing the base rate to $40 for participating in the Good Landlord Program will encourage more landlords to sign up. Before the newest ordinance, the base rate was $72.50.
The city will now require landlords to take the Good Landlord class only every other year instead of every year.
Davis said that requirement is comparable to that of other cities.