Council to discuss rental code in Monday work session

The Bemidji City Council will discuss the current rental code during their work session Monday.

According to a memo from City Manager Nate Mathews, the rental code has been in place since 1996, with the last significant modifications made in 2011.

While no formal action is expected during a work session, Mathews says the discussion is to review the code and for council to direct staff of any modifications they would like to see this year.

The rental code last came into discussion last summer, after the Public Affairs Committee identified some rental code changes.

Due to COVID-19, rental inspections have not taken place in-person and landlords have instead used a “self-inspection” form.

As of Feb. 28, there are 1,125 rental permits in the city, with 3,650 total rental units.

Items possibly to be discussed Monday include textual changes to the code and the Crime Free Housing program.


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