City commissioners have approved a new program requiring 10 percent of all rental properties in Lawrence be inspected every year in an effort to improve living conditions.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports Wednesday that the program requires single-family rentals to be licensed with the city, covering all zoning areas and making every rental property subject to random inspections. The city's current inspection program covers only rentals in single-family neighborhoods.
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City staff estimates the program will cost about $385,000 a year and add about 4,000 inspections to the city's work load each year. More inspectors will likely be hired.
Commissioners say the program is aimed at making sure that landlords are paying attention to unsafe conditions, such as mold or faulty fire alarms.