Good landlord ordinance comes back to Grass Valley City Council |

Good landlord ordinance comes back to Grass Valley City Council

The controversial ordinance holding landlords accountable for properties drawing numerous police calls comes back to Grass Valley City Council Tuesday night.

First introduced in February, the ordinance would “provide administrative and civil remedies against property owners who permit, allow, or fail to prevent ongoing behaviors and activities to occur on their properties that compromise public health and safety,” said Police Chief John Foster.

The proposed ordinance previously drew both praise and scorn from Grass Valley residents who either thought it put undue burden on landlords or could help clean up troubled neighborhoods.

In response, changes to the ordinance include both the property owner and tenant being subject to citations, making safety violations an administrative citation, not criminal, the property owner and tenant will be notified to correct after four or more safety violations in a 12 month period, property owners and tenants will have 30 days to correct the problem, the chief of police can extend that by another 30 days, property owners can enroll in a program to be notified of police response to the property and a sample lease agreement has been prepared for property owners to assist with tenants being good neighbors.

“Again, the proposed ordinance is a tool for law enforcement to help remedy chronic nuisance properties,” Foster wrote in the staff report.

Also on the agenda is a request for parking management system proposals and an update on capital improvement projects.

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.

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