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Residential Rental Licensing

Residential Rental Licensing and Inspection Program

*** UPDATE (9-15-2021) ***

The implementation of the Residential Rental Licensing and Inspection Program is being POSTPONED while Council considers comments received from the public hearing on August 25, 2021.

The ordinance has NOT YET BEEN PASSED, and is still under consideration by Council.

*** UPDATE (9-15-2021) ***

Summary and Purpose
In recent years, the Borough has seen a decline in homeownership and an increase in residential rental properties.  While many of these properties are maintained in a safe and sanitary condition, there are an abundance of residential rental properties in town that are maintained at a standard significantly lower than owner-occupied residential properties.  The failure to properly maintain residential rental properties results in housing that is unsafe, unsanitary, and in may instances, not maintained to the minimum standards required by the various applicable codes in effect in the Borough.  This program aims to set and enforce minimum standards for the maintenance of residential rental properties in an attempt to promote the public health, safety, and welfare of Borough residents.

Summary of Residential Rental License Requirements
The Owner of each Residential Rental Unit in the Borough must apply for a Residential Rental License annually before January 1 of each calendar year, or under the following circumstances:

  • Within 30 days of the creation of a new Residential Rental Unit.
  • Within 30 days of the acquisition of Residential Rental Unit that will continue to be used as such.

Summary of Inspection Requirements
Residential Rental Units in the Borough of Myerstown will be subject to regular inspections to ensure that each unit is safe and sanitary, and meets the minimum health and safety standards required by applicable property maintenance, building, and zoning codes.

Each residential rental unit will be inspected once every three years to ensure it is in compliance with the Borough’s property maintenance codes.  The residential rental unit inspection will focus on basic health and safety issues and has been designed to balance the responsibilities of the landlord and the tenants to create a safe housing area for tenants while not placing an unnecessary burden on landlords.

For more information, consult the Information Packet below.