City Considering Tightening Minimum Housing Code

The City of Charlotte is considering revisions to its Minimum Housing Code Ordinance, with changes that could impact housing affordability by raising the cost of property management and code compliance for landlords.

A full list of the proposed changes is available here, along with the presentation made last week to City Council’s Neighborhood Development Committee. They include:

    Requiring roof drains, gutters and downspouts be maintained in good repair and free from obstructions and designed to discharge rainwater away fromthe structure.Requiring any existing air conditioning systems to be ‘in good working condition.’Requiring that cabinet doors and drawers be ‘operating as intended and have functional hardware.’Requiring that exhaust ducts for clothes dryers be equipped with a back-draftdamper.New fines of $500 per day for failure to correct any dangerous violations within 48 hours.Enhanced penalties for Environmental Court convictions that include probation or up to 30 days in jail.

REBIC and the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association were successful in getting last week’s committee vote on the proposal deferred until Wednesday, July 17th, citing our concerns with the ambiguity in many of the provisions, and the potential impact on the City’s dwindling supply of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing.

An industry strategy meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at 9:00am at the offices of the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association, 6060 Piedmont Row Dr. South, Suite 575. All impacted property owners and landlords are strongly encouraged to attend.

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