A divided Lawrence City Commission has approved a program to license and inspect nearly every rental unit in the city.
The commission voted 3-2 Tuesday night to begin the program but delayed starting inspections of multi-family rental units until July 2015.
The program will require nearly every landlord to pay an annual license fee to the city for each dwelling. Ten percent of each landlord's rental units will be inspected every three years, with inspectors checking for violations of health and safety codes.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports several landlords attended the meeting to criticize the program. They contend the city's already is doing a poor job of running its current inspection program for single-family zoned neighborhoods.
Supporters have been pushing for the program for more than five years.